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AT&T 2nd Round. Two Tied at the Top in the Rain Delayed Tourney

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There are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the AT&T National Pro-AM at Pebble Beach. Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth share the honor, both at -9 under par for the two rounds.

Battling the elements

Jimmy Walker & Jordan Spieth / Getty Images

Jimmy had a  bogey-free second round scoring  -3 under par 69, in the wind and rain at Spyglass Hill. Jordan was  at Monterey Peninsula, where he made a birdie on his last hole, a two at the 187-yard  par three ninth that he described as the best of his career. That gave him a -4 under  par 67, and his -9 under total.

Jimmy now heads on over to Monterey Peninsula, which has played the easiest of the three courses, while Jordan goes to tackle Pebble Beach, which can be brutal in nasty weather. And the forecast for Saturday is not pleasant, and he has already had to dig deep to keep afloat;

“That was pretty big to keep it feeling like things were still in my favor.”

Jordan also reported how difficult a day it was, he required a hybrid instead of a long iron at the par three ninth, 187 yards;

“Today was very difficult. I went to a hybrid, and I just kind of hit a little stinger cut about 20 feet away. And then it was normally a straight putt and Michael my caddie, and I are looking at each other saying, ‘Well, we’ve got to play this about a foot out to the right with the wind.’ And so I hit it a foot out. With about three feet to go, the wind just blew it right, just broke perfectly right into the hole.”

Hunter Mahan, second round  -4 under par at Spyglass Hill, is in third position alone at -8 under par for the tournament, just one shot back of the leaders. Hunter will now face Monterey Peninsular in the next round.

Hunter is another who found the going tough;

“Coming up these last few holes are tough, they’re uphill, they got the wind, it’s getting cold, raining. You just don’t want to throw away shots. Because this can be a long week, and it could be mentally more grinding than anything.”

First round leader Andrew Loupe crashed spectacularly from his first round 63, to card a +1 over par 73 at Pebble Beach, dropping down the scoreboard to fourth place at -7 under par.

Phil Mickleson still has his problems, carding a +1 over par round at Pebble Beach, but is still at -4 under par for the tournament and definitely not out of it;

“Tee to green, I’m playing very well, but I haven’t putted this poorly in a year. For the way I’m hitting it, it’s a little disappointing because I should have a really good opportunity. And I’ll have to turn it around. It’s not too late, but I’ve got to get it turned around here. What’s the forecast tomorrow? More of this? Cool. We’ve had a great run of weather, so we certainly can’t complain. It’s sometimes a fun challenge to play out here as the reigning Scottish and British Open champion. I don’t really mind the elements, but I do have to get this putter worked out.”

Message for Phil, head on over to White Dragon Golf, and take a look.

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 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Hahn & Sneds Tied at the Top

One more day at the Beach

James Hahn & Brandt Snedeker / How / Getty Images

James Hahn and Brandt Snedeker are tied at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par after the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Brandt had a third round of -4 under par on the Pebble Beach course, while James fired in a round of -6 under par at Spyglass Hill.

Brandt Snedeker, the hottest player in golf on the US PGA TOUR this year without a win to show for it, put matters into his own hands Saturday by running off four straight birdies along the prettiest part of Pebble Beach for a -4 under par 68. After last weeks comment about being beaten by Hall of Famers, first Tiger Woods, and last week it was Phil Mickelson. Brandt will be surprised to find his closest opponent this time around is a rookie.

At this stage in this tournament Brandt is the player with the most experience, and feels confident that this week the trophy will be his;

” You never know what tomorrow holds, but I feel like I’m in great position, and I’m going to be surely more prepared, no matter who is around me in the last group. I’m probably going to have the most experience of anybody in those last couple groups of winning a golf tournament. You want to win any time you have a chance because you don’t know how many times you’re going to get that in a year. I’ve had a couple of chances the last couple of weeks, haven’t been the best chances. And this week, I have a great chance going into tomorrow, and you need to capitalize on those chances.”

Rookie James Kahn is just happy to be where he is at the moment, looking at a two-year TOUR exemption and a trip to the Masters;

“I’m not even in next week’s tournament, so to me, a top-10 finish would be great. So if you want to compare the Northern Trust Open to Augusta, we can. I would love to play another week out on tour, but just to learn from Brandt Snedeker, he’s one of the hottest golfers on the planet right now. I feel like I’m playing well just because I feel comfortable, you know, comfortable and having fun, that’s when I’m playing my best golf. I feel like my attitude on the golf course is better than it has been in recent years, and not getting so frustrated out there, just kind of enjoying the moment. I keep saying that, but it’s a blast to be inside the ropes and a member of the PGA Tour.”

Chris Kirk is in third place, one shot behind the leaders at -11 under par, following his third round of  -6 under par, 64 at the Monterey Peninsular par 70 course. Defending Champion Phil Mickelson is out of the running, after his ball took a dip into the Pacific Ocean, costing him a triple bogey 11. Phil also had the ignominy of slipping down a slope while trying to retrieve another errant shot, he landed on his rear end. Phil said of his fall;

” I got lucky, I didn’t get hurt.”

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Brandt Snedeker and Ted Potter Jnr tied at the top.

Another day at the Beach

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Brandt Snedeker and Ted Potter Jnr are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Both players are at -8 under par for the tournament. Brandt shot a -4 under par 68 at Spyglass Hill, while Ted Potter Jnr had a -3 under par at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club course.

Brandt  has played so well this year that he is leading the FedEx Cup standings without having won, Brandt said of his situation;

” Keep running into guys who are or who are going to be in the Hall of Fame. That’s how you win out here, you keep putting yourself in position, and the more times you do, the more success you’re going to have. I’m doing a better job this week of making my way around the golf courses and not putting myself in bad spots and getting out of tough situations very quickly.”

Ted seems to think it is all about the bounce of the ball, sometimes good, sometimes bad;

“It’s just a funny game like that, some weeks you play really well and you get the right kicks and everything goes well. And then there are weeks you can still hit the ball well and get the bad kicks.”

Hunter Mahan, the first round leader lost a stroke on the spongy greens, he went to knock in a short bogey putt on the par-3 seventh hole when the ball moved on him.

“It just rolled over in like a heel print or something, I didn’t feel like I moved it. I didn’t feel like I had anything much to do with it moving. It’s just a rub of the green, so had to go back and take a penalty. That was frustrating, because I was hitting it so good.”

Phil Mickelson didn’t feel out of contention although he was back tied for 39th place, he is six shots behind, the same as last year when he went on to win;

“I love Pebble Beach. I’ve played well there and I’m only one good round away. If I can shoot something in the mid-60s, I’ll be right there for Sunday’s round, which is what I care about.”

Defending Champion Bill Murray back at Pebble Pro-Am, with D.A. Points

Bill Murray will defend his title at Pebble Beach Pro-Am accompanied by Darren Andrew Points,  but whether he’s getting crowds to waive at a blimp flying overhead, spinning with old ladies in fairway bunkers or wearing funny hats, Bill Murray will be the heart of this event. He has been competing here since 1992 however, this year’s tournament is going to be a little different for the 61-year-old Murray because, for the first time, he’s the defending champion.

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Lat year Bill and Darren  won the pro-am portion of this event by two shots over Steve Bowditch and Marc Miller. Of this years event he  said;

“Everyone asks me what it’s like to be the champion. It’s not hello, how are you, are you having fun, how are the kids. It’s like, are you going to defend the championship. It’s like, a thousand times, people saying, are you going to perform in bed tonight. Are you going to step up and be a real man. Whatever it is, it’s kind of like it’s an implied failure of some kind.”

Bill,  who famously played greenskeeper Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” does have an edge over his celebrity rivals, his local-like knowledge of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, and plenty of practice, saying;

“I’ve probably played these courses more than any others in the last 20 years.”

He is a serious, but humorous participant;

“Our goal is to have the most fun and win.”

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