Phil Mickelson handled a strong ocean breeze and firm greens for a 6-under 66 to take the lead going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
It's the first time Mickelson has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2013 U.S. Open, and he hasn't won since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield — the longest victory drought of his career. He will be going for a record-tying fifth victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The 45-year-old Mickelson was at 16-under 199.
"I was very pleased to shoot that round, obviously, but there were a lot of holes I just had to fight for pars," Mickelson said. "It wasn't a pushover by any means."
Hiroshi Iwata of Japan was two strokes back after a 69 at Spyglass Hill.
Sweden's Freddie Jacobson and South Korea's Sung Kang were tied for third at 13 under. Jacobson had a 68 at Monterey Peninsula, and Kang followed his second-round 60 at Monterey Peninsula with a 70 at Pebble Beach.
Jordan Spieth had to get up-and-down for par on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach for a 74 to make the cut on the number.
Passed away: John Lattner, the 1953 Heisman Trophy winner who helped lead Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in Frank Leahy's final year as coach. He was 83.
Rising star: Dominic Thiem of Austria, who knocked former top-ranked Rafael Nadal out of the Argentina Open with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over the defending champion.
Youth is served: Taylor Fritz, 18, beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Memphis Open final, becoming the youngest American to reach a tennis final since 1989.
U.S. marathoners lock up trips to Rio
Galen Rupp's dominating victory in hot conditions in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles raised the possibility of an unprecedented Olympic double.
"I think the double in Rio is certainly possible," said Rupp, who earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team by easily winning his marathon debut in steamy conditions in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 10 seconds.
The 29-year-old Rupp, a silver medalist at 10,000 meters in the 2012 London Games and a seven-time national champion at the distance, could attempt to compete in the marathon and 10,000 in Rio in August, races scheduled eight days apart.
Forty-year-old Meb Keflezighi finished second to become the oldest U.S. Olympic marathon runner. Jared Ward was third to take the final Olympic spot.
Amy Cragg won the women's division in 2:28:27. Desiree Linden was second and Shalane Flanagan was third.
Hamlin gets exhibition win at Daytona
Denny Hamlin opened Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway by winning the Sprint Unlimited for the third time in his career.
The race is a chance for teams to shake off any cobwebs from the offseason and ready for the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500. Drivers are usually anxious and wrecks are common: Only 12 of the 25 cars finished on the lead lap and 10 cars failed to finish the race.
AROUND THE HORN
Golf: Bernhard Langer followed his opening 10-under 62 with a 66 to increase his lead to seven strokes in the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla. … Unfazed by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake just before she teed off, top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday. The 18-year-old closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory.
Winter sports: Defending champions Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs of the United States took bronze in the two-woman bobsled competition at the world championships in Igls, Austria. … American Mac Bohonnon won the men's rounds of the aerials World Cup in Moscow. U.S. teammate Jonathon Lillis was second. In the women's event, American Madison Olsen was third.
Women's tennis: Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the final of the Taiwan Open.
Lacrosse: Hampton became the first historically black university to field an NCAA Division I lacrosse team, losing 20-3 to Roberts Wesleyan.
30Consecutive state titles won by the girls' swimming team at Carmel High School in Indiana. With its latest state title on Saturday, Carmel broke a 30-year-old record for the longest championship streak by a high school team in any sport. The previous record belonged to the boys' swimming team at Honolulu's Punahou High School.