Day, Mickelson chasing Taylor at Pebble Beach

SAN FRANCISCO LIBRE, NICARAGUA (AFP) – Australian Jason Day and defending champion Phil Mickelson were on the heels of Nick Taylor yesterday as the Canadian maintained a two-shot lead in the US PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Taylor, chasing his second US tour title, fired a six-under par 66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links – one of three courses in use for the tournament along with the par-72 Spyglass Hill and par-71 Monterey Peninsula Shore Course.

After his 63 at Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, Taylor had a 14-under par total of 129.

Former world number one Day fired an eight-under par 64 at Pebble Beach for a 12-under total of 131, while Mickelson, a five-time winner of the event, carded a seven-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula for an 11-under total of 132.

“I hit some really good shots coming in and made all the putts,” said Taylor.

“It was nice to get off to a really good start – I was three-under through six.”