• Mickelson, Spieth among pacesetters

    Jordan Spieth at Pebble Beach
    Spieth navigated his way to the top

    Phil Mickelson survived a wild finish and Jordan Spieth endured a wet finish to his day as they sat atop the leaderboard in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, joined by Lucas Glover, Paul Casey and Scott Langley.

    Of the quartet, only Spieth has holes to finish after the second round was suspended because the rain had formed large puddles on the greens.

    Jason Day is one back of the leaders at -9 with three holes to play.

    One day after Mickelson didn’t miss a single fairway for the first time in 1,664 rounds on the PGA TOUR, he couldn’t seem to find even one at Spyglass Hill. He still managed to surge into the lead, including one 3-wood from 256 yards out of the trees on the par-5 14th to 6 feet.

    It caught up with him at the end. After banging in a birdie on the par-3 fifth, Mickelson missed three straight fairways that led to three straight bogeys until he closed with a 4-iron to 18 feet for birdie and a 4-under 68.

    ‘I hate not finishing the round off, making three bogeys after having a pretty good round going in,’ Mickelson said. ‘I’m also lucky to get done now and get the round over with and [some] guys unfortunately are still out there playing in some tough stuff.’

    Mickelson was the first to finish at 10-under 133. Glover started strong in tame weather at Pebble Beach, and shot a 6-under 66 to get to 10-under 134, while Langley (69 at Spyglass Hill) and Casey (7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula) narrowly finished at 10-under 133 ahead of the horn that ultimately stopped play for the rest of the day.

    Spieth was among 44 players who was due to return Saturday morning — weather permitting — to finish the last two holes of his round. Part of him was happy to be off the course, considering the fight he had on hand in cold, raw rain with increasing wind.

    Spieth shot 31 on the back nine at Spyglass Hill to get in the mix, and missed two good birdie chances to start the front nine.

    ‘I got off to a really nice start, which helped, knowing that the conditions were blowing in, trying to take advantage of the front nine,’ he said. ‘And then once they started to come in, it was just try and hold on for dear life.’

    Branden Grace, playing the Monterrey Peninsula course, is three back after a second round 69 that included four bogeys.

    Ernie Els finds himself just one behind his countryman after a bogey-free Friday as he signed for a 68 around Spyglass Hill.

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