Casey leads Mickelson by 3 after Round 3 at Pebble Beach

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Paul Casey carded a 5-under 67 in Round 3 of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am to hold a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson with 18 holes left to play.

Casey played the difficult Spyglass Hill on Saturday but separated himself from the field with a six-birdie, one-bogey round to get to 15-under for the event. Despite his lead, the tournament is far from over as Casey has failed to convert his previous two 54-hole leads of three shots or more, according to the Associated Press's Doug Ferguson.

Mickelson - a four-time Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion - leads the chase for the lead. He'll be looking for his 17th PGA Tour win when trailing after Round 3 to add to his career total of 43. Lefty made cut this week, marking the 500th time he's done so on the PGA Tour.

Scott Piercy (11-under), Lucas Glover (11-under), Brian Gay (10-under), and Matt Every (10-under) round out the top six.

It was a disappointing back nine for Jordan Spieth, who played his final six holes at 4-over par. He fell into a tie for 18th after jockeying for position near the top of the leaderboard for most of the day.

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