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He is playing the tournament for the 22nd time. Missing will be his sidekick, Wayne Gretzky, puffing on his cigar and keeping it light. "I was able to get back in it", said Mickelson. "Probably should have had a little bit more focus today maybe, but I still got it around OK". It was a fantastic day of golf in Carmel, and here are five takeaways I had from the penultimate round of the 2018 edition of this tournament.

'I think the biggest thing for Rory is how, like the desire part, how much do you really want it because he has the tools to be kind of Tiger-esque, said Day, who won his last start at Torrey Pines two weeks ago.

On Friday, the foursome moves onto Monterey Peninsula before getting Pebble Beach on Saturday with the weather expected to be glorious. He heads over to Pebble Beach for the final two rounds as he tries to win his second straight PGA Tour event. "I have had a lot of frustration but it all went away when I hit those two shots into six".

A two-time victor of the event, Johnson has the length to get a big advantage on the par-5s on three of the shortest courses on Tour.

World No. 2 John Rahm of Spain also is in the mix, tied for fifth with Day.

And there were a lot of positives to take from a sunny day at Pebble Beach with minimal wind.

"Any time you shoot a 5-under par round, you should be happy with it", Rahm, who tied for fifth at the event previous year, told the Golf Channel. He has made 52 birdies in his last nine rounds at Pebble.

"Maybe my expectations weren't very high and I played well because of that". "But all in all, the game's pretty sharp".

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Having already bagged a PGA Tour win this year, 30-year-old Day says it's the most relaxed he's felt going into a Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Dustin Johnson plays Spyglass Hill during round one of AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm.

Anytime he touches the turf in Del Monte Forest, Phil Mickelson is a threat to take the eye-catching Waterford crystal trophy that goes to the victor of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson tees off from the first hole at Pebble Beach at 9:54 a.m. on Saturday. Rory McIlroy, 28, elected to put this tournament on his schedule for the first time, and inviting his dad along as his amateur partner makes for a special week.

On 29 holes since then, Mickelson has no bogeys and 11 birdies.

He attempted a very long putt from the fringe, nearly sinking it for an eagle and putting it just six feet past the cup. His only other experience at Pebble Beach was a missed cut in the 2010 U.S. Open. But the boy who grew up chipping balls into his parents' washing machine proceeded to hole-out for an improbable birdie. That led to his third bogey on the back nine, and suddenly he had company.

Walking off the 14th green, the video board showed Potter with his ninth birdie (he also had an eagle) at Monterey Peninsula.


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