PEBBLE BEACH — Jimmy Walker had a hot hand in the cold wind Saturday and built a six-shot lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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 4-under 67, leaving him on the verge of his third PGA Tour victory this season.
He was at 13-under 202.
Tim Wilkinson of New Zealand had a 69 and Hunter Mahan had a 72, both at Monterey Peninsula. They were at 208.
Davis High graduate Nick Watney had his third round at Pebble Beach Golf Links highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 second hole. But like his first two rounds, his play Saturday was affected by the tough conditions and the former Blue Devils finished at even par. He was projected to miss the cut with his total of 218.
Jordan Spieth, tied with Walker going into the third round, had to face Pebble Beach at its fiercest. He was 5-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.
The scoring average at Pebble was just over 75.