Saturday on the PGA Tour is known as “Moving Day” as the golfers make a push to move up on the leaderboard in order to set up a potential final push on Sunday. Then again, some of the players use everything in their power to simply make the cut and end up moving the wrong way on the leaderboard.
When the third round began, they were tied for the lead at 10-under. However, due to the Pro-Am format at Pebble Beach, they were not paired together as this event has a 54-hole cut.
By the end of the day, Speith led Day by 10 strokes.
Spieth’s near-flawless 7-under on Pebble Beach Golf Links included only one bogey and 13 one-putts on the greens that are famously full of poa and are notorious for traditionally not being in the best of conditions after having two full days of 52 golfers and the accompanying traffic all over them.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Day finished his morning by capping off a second round 64 at Spyglass Hill to get into the first place tie with Spieth. He changed courses over to Pebble Beach Golf Links and, starting on No. 10, his hopes evaporated with a back nine 41 that included four bogeys and a double bogey. Throw in another double bogey on No. 5 and Day actually had to birdie three of his final four holes to ‘salvage’ a 75.
Others who fared well on Moving Day included a pair of two-time champions in Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson. Snedeker fired a 67 to end up in solo second, albeit six shots behind Speith. Johnson played alongside Spieth and shot a 66, leaving him one shot behind Snedeker in a tie for third with Kelly Kraft.
Day’s 3-over was the worst round of any golfer in the top 30 on the leaderboard as he now sits in a tie for 11th going into the final round.
Spieth(-17) and Snedeker (-11) will tee off in the final group on Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday at 9:50 A.M. PT.