Jason Day – file photo Henry Peters

Canadian Nick Taylor has retained the two shot lead he established after round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, a second round of 66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links today leaving him two ahead of Jason Day and three ahead of defending champion, Phil Mickelson, with one round to play before the cut is made and the field returns to the host venue at Pebble Beach.

Day also played Pebble Beach Golf Links on day two and produced a superb display of putting in his round of 66, a pitch in for eagle at the uphill par four 14th the feature of the day.

Day is playing just his second tournament after a enforced break through injury and continued what has already been a good record at this event.

He recorded six birdies and the eagle in his round and with six top ten finishes in six starts in this event he looms as a great prospect for possible contention come Sunday.

Mickelson also produced a round of 64 but he played the Monterey Golf Club layout on day two, a dropped shot at his final hole costing him the chance to share second place with Day.

The leader, Taylor, has won one event on the PGA Tour but that was six years ago and with just one top ten in the last eighteen months this was quite a turnaround but this a an event and venue he loves.

“This is one of my favourite events of the year every year,” said Taylor after his opening round of 63. People ask me my favourite golf course. Pebble is definitely the top of the list.

“I just, growing up in the Northwest, I don’t know if is that and, you know, the rain doesn’t bother me, if that’s in the forecast. I think this week we’re going to be extremely lucky with that. But I just love these heavy golf courses. Growing up on poa annua, it suits my eye, so I always enjoy coming here.”

Aaron Baddeley is the next best of the Australians in a share of 20th place.