AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Former runner-up Paul Casey in the hunt

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PEBBLE BEACH — Paul Casey continued his strong season Friday, moving into a tie for fourth with Patrick Cantlay and Tom Lewis after 36 holes of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Casey, who shot 67 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, finished second to Phil Mickelson two years ago on a quick Monday morning finish.

The Englishman has tied for eighth and 12th and tallied a win in his last three worldwide starts. His victory occurred Jan. 31 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Casey, who has a 135 total, also took a peculiar approach to assessing second-round — sarcasm.

“Well, that was the first time I’ve ever chipped in more times than Phil Mickelson when I’ve played with him,” Casey said. “So I’m taking that one as . .  . I’m ticking that box. I’ve never done that before.”

Mickelson, the event’s five-time winner, shot an 80. Casey had rounds of 68 and 67.

“It was really solid; It was good stuff,” said Casey, who chipped in on the 8th and 11th holes. “I hit some great shots. The second shot into 8, which was over the green even though it was a phenomenal shot, which led to a chip-in birdie. It was some very good stuff on what was a very difficult Pebble Beach.”

Casey, 43, has 21 pro careers titles, with three on the PGA Tour and 15 on the European Tour.

“But it’s (Pebble Beach) soft,” Casey said. “You got to remember that. This is not the fierce Pebble Beach I’ve seen time and time again. I think the rain really softened the golf course. So I can’t put it up there with the great rounds because I just think it was a little bit more receptive today.”

Odds and ends

Playing a sponsor’s exemption 20 years after his only PGA Tour title at the AT&T, Matt Gogel, the 50-year-old television analyst,  missed the cut. Gogel had a second-round 76 and finished at 9-over-par. Gogel retired from the PGA Tour in 2007.

Phil Mickelson’s 80 in the second round was is his highest score on the PGA TOUR since the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open when he shot an 81.

John Daly, the former two-time major winner had a second-round 77 and missed the cut at 13-over 157.

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