Emergency 9: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Round 3

Paul Casey leads by three as Phil Mickelson lurks.

Emergency 9

Here are nine tidbits from the Round 3 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Pebble Beach will host the final round on Sunday.

Fantasy Island

These were the top-10 selected golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game. If you’re wondering why you’re not doing well, here’s why:

Rank Player Place % Ownership
1 Dustin Johnson   76.89
2 Jason Day   65.29
3 Jordan Spieth   45.06
4 Tommy Fleetwood   38.97
5 Matt Kuchar   37.03
6 Brandt Snedeker   36.49
7 Paul Casey   29.91
8 Adam Scott   29.17
9 Phil Mickelson   28.11
10 Patrick Reed   24.81

Three-under-par was the cut line as 60 pros advance to Sunday.

Casing the Joint

With only two bogeys in his first 54 holes it’s hardly a surprise that Paul Casey finds himself on the top of the heap. Usually a monster tee-to-green, the Englishman has scrambled successfully in 12 of 13 tries to co-lead the field. Last year he posted 67-70 on Pebble Beach for T8 and opened this week with 69.

Flip the Script

Phil Mickelson will play in the final group with Paul Casey as he’s patiently lurking three back. With four titles under his belt plus T2 in two of the last three years, Casey will be the underdog on paper. Mickelson led the group on Pebble Beach in Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green and Approach-the-Green.

Mash Up

Dustin Johnson needed a birdie at the last to make the weekend and he converted. After back-to-back 73s DJ will have a chance to post a low one Sunday and sneak into the top 10 for the fifth time in six years. Another 73 will not help.

Day Job

Jason Day bogeyed the last to drop to T7 but the most popular player in OAD is still within six shots of the lead. Vaughn Taylor made up the same deficit to catch and pass Mickelson in his stunning win in 2016. The Aussie will need more than two birdies he signed for in Round 3. He’s signed for 67 three times in Sunday rounds here so I’m optimistic.

Woo-ps

Well, not really. I should start keeping track of my fade/endorse of Si Woo Kim. He’s cashed one top-10 check this season, week one at Safeway and has nothing better than T29 in four events in 2019. He had it to 11-under before two bogeys in his last four. He’s T7 entering Sunday and has no problem with tiny greens (see: Harbour Town last year).

Sneds Sneaking Out

The 2013 and 2015 champ and tournament record holder only circled seven birdies over 54 holes and is heading home early.  The last two times he’s MC at this event he’s won the following season. Snedeker’s disappearances at Torrey and Pebble are tough to take but we move on.

Walk, Don’t Run

Another West Coast maven over the years, Jimmy Walker just hasn’t been able to put anything together this season. He’s back in action at Riviera, his favorite course, next week but T29 is his best check of 2018-19. The 2014 champ at Pebble Beach didn’t break 71 in three tries this week.

Trust Issues

Man, Adam Scott has now played this event three times and T52 (2010) was followed up with MC this year and last. This was his first event on TOUR in calendar 18 and he was T2 last time out this year at Torrey Pines. Strangely he pegged only 24 of 41 fairways before heading home.

Study Hall

Lucas Glover (T3) leads the field in birdies with 19. … Branden Grace (T14) has circled three eagles, most in the field. … Scott Piercy shares third and will look to improve on his best result, T20, from last year. … Alternate Matt Every was one of the last into the field. He’s making the most of his chance as he’ll begin Sunday T5. … Jon Byrd is riding a massive wave of karma and is T7. … Adam Hadwin fired 65 and is T14. Grayson Murray signed for 65 and MC. Golf, eh?

 

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