AT&T First Round Rained Off.

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Steady rain  has led to standing water on the greens at Pebble Beach Golf Links and has halted play during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday.

 

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Play was suspended just half an hour after it began and there are five players tied at the top on -1 under par. Even the lift clean and play exemption did not help with the water-logged greens.

Currently sharing top spot are James Hann, at Pebble Beach, Stuart Appleby, Jasson Day and Daniel Chopra on the Monterey Peninsular course and James Driscoll over at Spyglass Hill.

Lets hope for better things tomorrow.

AT&T National. 4 Tied at the Top at Crowded Congressional.

There are four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at a crowed Congressional AT&A National, all at -7 under par for the tournament, the score exactly where it was at the beginning of the round.

Crowded Congressional

Roberto Castro, James Driscoll, Bill Haas and Andreas Romero / Getty Images

James Driscoll and Bill Hass were the guys who moved up the leaderboard on moving day with third rounds of -3 under par 68′s to join the guys at the top. Andres Romero carded a -1 under par third round while Roberto Castro stood still with an even par effort.

Bill remarked;

” The back nine, I didn’t really know where I was going. Luckily after that triple, I was able to hit three decent iron shots and then make the putt. Certainly, it could have been a 6-, 7-, 8-under day. But it also could have been a 4-, 5-, 6-over day if I hadn’t putted well. I don’t really know what to make of how I’m playing. Just got to hopefully do more good than bad tomorrow.”

James reflected that he had not played well, even though he leads the field in strokes gained-putting, picking up more than 3 shots on the field average per round at the AT&T National on the  Congressional Country Club course. 

” It’s not perfect golf, but you don’t really have to play perfect golf sometimes. If you’re just patient and putt well and have a good short game, it can go a long way, and that’s kind of what I’m doing this week This is as good a chance as I’ve had for sure, but there’s still 18 holes to go.”

Roberto described it as a wild day, he had to take a penalty drop out of a bunker;

“Wild day, saving a bogey would have been huge, making a par is just a bonus. Nothing good was going to happen if I swung at it, and I thought if I dropped, pitched out, I could make bogey or double, which is not the end of the world. I didn’t need to sit there and make 8 or something. Over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch. I don’t see it being easy out here, so mine just came early today, and I just tried to survive it.”

Jason Kokrak is alone in fifth place at -6 under par for the tournament, while Jordan Spieth, who was tied with Roberto at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the day, isn’t out of it. Despite shooting a +3 over par 74, he is still amazingly just three off the lead.

Jordan still thinks he could be in the mix tomorrow;

” Making a double on the easiest hole on the course, and then following up with bogey on a par 5 with a lob wedge in my hand, it was very difficult at the turn for me to stay calm and hit good shots to start the back nine. Maybe lost a couple of shots with my emotions there, which is upsetting. But like I said, I shot 5 under yesterday. I could shoot 5 under tomorrow and be in great position.”

USPGA Tour, Travelers Championship @ TPC River Highlands, Connecticut

                                             

Two emerge on busy Saturday

                               Roland Thatcher and Brian Davis /Rogash/Getty Images

Brian Davis shot 64 and Roland Thatcher 65 to get to -12 under par for the two rounds played at US PGA Tour Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. These guys are two shots clear of John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby, who are all handily placed tied for second spot on -10 under par.

Roland was candid about his golf;

” I’m in good position through two rounds, and hopefully I can do something special here over the weekend. Unfortunately, I’m probably the least consistent player on this Tour, so whenever I go out and miss five, six cuts in a row, that doesn’t really surprise anybody, nor should it surprise anybody that occasionally I put together four rounds. So hopefully this is one of those weeks where I make a lot of money in a very short amount of time.”

Four of the last six winners of the Travelers Championship were first-time winners on the PGA Tour, and James Driscoll, who finished fifth here a year ago, has also yet to win a PGA Tour event. At aged eighteen, James became the youngest ever winner of the Massachusetts State Amateur, and now more than a decade later, he is still looking for his first Tour win. James is happy to be where he is, and thinks it would be great, being a native New Englander to win this tournament;

” It feels good. It’s kind of like last year. I’m in a similar position. I’ll probably be in one of the last few groups, so it’s an exciting place to be.  It would be great. It’s fun just to be there in contention and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get some friends and family out there to support me and hopefully I can play well for them.”

Stuart Appleby was also pleased to be playing some good golf;

” Conditions are easier in the morning,  bit of a breeze today. I’m not sure if they’re going to get breeze in the afternoon. You could see lower scores than yesterday’s afternoon.”

Stuart also spoke about the improvement in his golf game;

” It’s better. I mean I’m thinking better. I’m getting better. I mean it’s really a crumbling wreck, my game. I wasn’t hitting it any good and I wasn’t thinking any good and I was just really finding it very hard. All self-induced issues. I had a back injury that was affecting my swing, not hurting me, and that seemed to make it hard to get on top of that most of last year, or all of last year. Body and mind is a lot better, and if you get those two right, you play better golf. “

Charging along at -9 under par is two times Major winner Padraig Harrington, who had a second round of  -5 under par, 65, and is also very much in this championship.

Bubba Watson got his first career victory here in 2010, he is currently at -8 under par after a round of  65 today, Bubba has good and bad memories of this tournament;

“For me, my first win here, announcing that my dad was about to pass away of cancer, there’s up and down moments at this place. But they’ve always treated me well. I’m going to have to shoot a low number. It will be fun. They’re going to have to slow down for me to catch them. “

Shell Houston Open completion of 2nd Round

Jeff Maggert lead the Shell Houston Open after the completion of the suspended round today. Jeff had another round of 66 to match his first round and finish with a total of -12 under par. Brian Davis and Louis Oosthuizen are joined at -11 under par by James Driscoll. Round three is now in progress, and as I write Brian Davis and Louis Oosthuizen are on the first tee.