Jimmy Walker had a hot hand in the cold wind Saturday and built a six-shot lead in the AT&T
Walker made his first bogey of the tournament, and that hardly slowed him. He countered with five birdies in 30 mph gusts at Monterey Peninsula for a four-under-par 67, leaving him on the verge of his third
He was at 13-under 202.
Tim Wilkinson of New Zealand had a 69 and
Jordan Spieth, tied with Walker going into the third round, had to face Pebble Beach at its fiercest. He was five over through 15 holes — nine shots out of the lead — when the third round was halted by darkness.
The wind was so strong that the third round was delayed for 2 hours 19 minutes because golf balls were rolling off some of the greens. It was a peculiar sight to see clouds gathering on the Pacific horizon, and officials trying to spray water on the greens to help balls stay on the putting surface.
It didn't work.
And when play resumed, Brian Gay was given relief on the fourth green at Pebble Beach because of standing water left from hosing down the greens. He was able to move his ball some 15 feet to the other side of the green.
The scoring average at Pebble was just over 75. No course was easy. The Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula has played the easiest of the week, though it has some 10 holes that run along the ocean, exposed to the wind. Walker played through it beautifully, and now is in great position going to Sunday.
Richard Lee had a 72 at Spyglass Hill and was alone in fourth place at six-under 209.
Walker's six-shot lead was the largest through 54 holes at this tournament since Mickelson led by seven in 2005. Mickelson went on to win by four.
Michael Allen birdied four of his last eight holes for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu in the
A day after becoming the ninth player to shoot a 60 on the Champions Tour, Allen fell out of the lead after playing his first 11 holes in one over. He birdied the next two holes to move into a share of the lead and birdied the last two to finish two rounds at 15-under 129.
With calm, warm condition on The Old Course, the field combined for a scoring average of 69.6, the lowest in the eight-year history of the event. Lu shot his second consecutive 65, and Dunlap followed his opening 63 with a 67. Duffy Waldorf was fourth at 13 under after a 63. He played the front nine in seven-under 29.
The 23-year-old Woods had a 12-under 207 total at Royal Pines in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. South Africa's Stacey Lee Bregman was second after a 72. Minjee Lee, the 17-year-old Australian amateur champion, has 10 under after a 69.