Golf

Fellow lefty Mike Weir leads Phil Mickelson heading into final round in Virginia

While Phil Mickelson got most of the attention going into the Dominion Energy Charity Classic as he tries to open his senior career with consecutive victories, Canadian Mike Weir was a little better on a 36-hole day after rain washed out play Friday.

Canadian holds a 3-stroke lead over Mickelson in PGA Tour Champions event

Mike Weir of Canada tees off from the 4th hole during the final round of the PURE Insurance Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on September 20, 2020 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Jed Jacobson/Getty Images)

The other left-handed, 50-year-old former Masters champion was on top after a long Saturday at The Country Club of Virginia.

While Phil Mickelson got most of the attention going into the Dominion Energy Charity Classic as he tries to open his senior career with consecutive victories, Mike Weir was a little better on a 36-hole day after rain washed out play Friday. The Brights Grove, Ont., native shot 68-63 to reach 13 under and take a three-stroke lead over Mickelson.

Mickelson shot 68-66. He won his PGA Tour Champions debut at Ozarks National in August.

Weir won the 2003 Masters for the biggest of his eight PGA Tour titles.

WATCH | Weir leads heading into final round:

Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., shot 9-under 63 on Saturday for a 3 stroke lead over Phil Mickelson in the PGA Tour Champions event. 0:35

Fellow major champion Retief Goosen was third at 8 under with Brandt Jobe. They each shot 68-68.

Bernhard Langer, the first-round leader after a 67, was 7 under with Wes Short Jr. (69-68) after a second-round 70.

Ernie Els, the 50-year-old former major champion coming off his second victory of the season last week in North Carolina, shot 72-66 to get to 6 under.

Jim Furyk, another 50-year-old former major champion who won in his first two senior starts, was 5 under after rounds of 71 and 68 alongside Mickelson and defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Jimenez was 1 under, shooting 74-69.

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