AT&T Pebble Beach. Phil Fires Into Lead.

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Phil Mickelson fires himself into the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach in California.

Phil Mickelson missed nine greens in Saturday's third round at Pebble Beach, but got up and down each time. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Phil fired a third round bogey free -6 under par 66 at Pebble Beach to take the lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament with a -16 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

It was the first 54 hole lead for Phil since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. He needed only 21 putts in the round, and enjoyed being back in contention;

“It’s fun to be back in the thick of it.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in contention and it would mean a lot to me to be able to play a good final round tomorrow.”

“And as well as I’ve been hitting the ball, the score was great, but the ball-striking wasn’t indicative of how I’ve been hitting it.”

“So I would like to get that dialed in for tomorrow’s round.”

Hiroshi Iwata from Japan is in second place on his own at -14 under par, a -3 under par 69 today at Spyglass kept him in sight of the leader.

Freddie Jacobson, -3 under 68 today at Monterey, and Sung Kang, -2 under 70 at Pebble, share third place, both at -13 under par.

This is definitely Phil’s tournament, the next six players behind him on the leaderboard have combined for four PGA TOUR victories, Phil is headed for his 43rd.

Jordan Spieth, the world’s #1 is happy to be playing the weekend;

“I’m not in contention. It will be the first stress-free round that I’ve really had in quite a while where I’ve played a Sunday not having a chance to win.”

“It’s not good, but at the same time, I think I can get into a groove and not lose any hair over the back nine. I’m going to fire at some pins.”

Phil Mickelson captures the 54-hole lead at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

This boy is not interested in the golf

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