Walker grabs 6-shot lead at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Walker continued his strong play as he carded a 4-under 67 in windy, rainy conditions Saturday and that helped him jump six strokes clear of the field at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Walker, already a two-time winner in this new wrap-around season, played his third round at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula Country Club and will head back to the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links for Sunday's final round. He ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 202.
There was a two-hour, 20-minute delay due to high winds on Saturday, and when play resumed, some rain also started to fall. A total of 12 players failed to complete their third rounds on Saturday.
Those players will return at 10:30 a.m. ET to complete the third round. Officials hope to start the final round at about noon, but more inclement weather is in the forecast.
Tim Wilkinson (69) and Hunter Mahan (72) share second place at minus-7. They both played at Monterey on Saturday. Richard H. Lee posted an even-par 72 at Spyglass and is alone in fourth at 6-under 209.
Four-time winner Phil Mickelson managed a 71 at Spyglass to end 54 holes at minus-5. He was joined in fifth place by Ryan Palmer and Blake Adams, who both shot 72 at Pebble Beach, Pat Perez (71) and Jim Renner (72), who were both at Spyglass in round three and Kevin Na (70), who played Monterey Peninsula on Saturday.
Walker got off to a quick start as he birdied the second and fourth to grab the lead at minus-11. He stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 fifth. That was his first bogey of the week. He atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-3 seventh.
The Frys.com Open and Sony Open in Hawaii winner cruised through the heart of his round with eight consecutive pars from the eighth.
Walker was alone atop the leaderboard that whole time, and he extended his lead late in the round. He converted birdie tries at 16 and 17 to extend his cushion to six.
"Who knows what the weather's going to do. I know Pebble Beach is a tough golf course, especially with the winds," Walker admitted. "I'm excited to be here, to be in this position. This is why you play golf and work hard to be in this position."
Mahan, the 2011 runner-up, parred the first seven holes of his round. He faltered to back-to-back bogeys at eight and nine. After three pars in a row, Mahan dipped to 5-under after a bogey on the 13th.
The five-time PGA Tour winner bounced back with birdies on 14 and 16 to gain a share of second place.
Wilkinson carded back-to-back birdies at one and two. He dropped a shot on the fourth, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 6. Wilkinson fell back to minus-6 when he bogeyed the ninth. He parred the first eight holes around the turn before making birdie at the last to post 69.
Jordan Spieth, who shared the second-round lead with Walker, bogeyed the first at Pebble Beach, but bounced back with a birdie on the fourth. He tumbled to minus-5 after bogeys at six and eight and a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth.
After three pars in a row, Spieth bogeyed 13 and 14, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 15 right before play was called for the night.
NOTES: Walker is the only player with three rounds in the 60s and his 6-shot lead is the largest since 2005 when Phil Mickelson was seven clear of Greg Owen entering the final round ... This is the first time Walker has owned the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour ... Last year's winner Brandt Snedeker struggled to a 5-over 77 at Pebble Beach and will miss the cut by several shots ... The projected cut is even-par 215.
02/08 22:04:36 ET