Neither a six-shot deficit at the start of the final round, or having to play alongside Tiger Woods troubled Phil Mickelson as he fired a last round -8 under par 64 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson stomped his playing partner and calmly and coolly raced by everyone else to win on a damp, soggy Sunday by the Pacific Ocean. Phil was delighted with his effort;
“It feels just amazing. I felt my game was right there at the start of the year but I came out and just shot some horrendous scores. I finally played like I thought I was going to play like this year. This has been a really big week for me for a number of reasons, but it does give me a lot of confidence in my game because I’ve known that I’ve been practicing well; that I physically feel terrific, that I’m able to practice hard, work hard and yet when I get off the course, I wasn’t shooting the scores. You have to perform on the course and I haven’t been doing that, and so it gave me some doubt, and this week erases doubt.”
Tiger Woods, who started the day in third, looked lethargic throughout, and didn’t look anything like his old self during a three-hole bogey stretch mid-round, and fell all the way down into a tie for 15th with a 75. Tiger said about his day and his missing five putts from inside 5 feet ;
“I didn’t hit it as bad as the score would indicate but I just putted horrible. Anything I tried to do wasn’t working, as a result, I made too many mistakes on the greens. Phil played really good today. He was hitting it flush, and his wedge game was right on the money. Every shot that he had a wedge in there, he hit it inside 10 feet. What was frustrating was that I had a chance and all I had to do was get off to a good, solid start and I didn’t do that. Phil was 5-under through six. It was the kind of start I was looking for. At the start of the day I thought I’d have to shoot 67 to win, and it wouldn’t have been enough.”
Charlie Wi became the third player in the last three tournaments, who was trying for his first Tour win, to lose a big 54-hole lead. Charlie began by four-putting the first green from 35 feet but fought back to salvage a 72, and a total of -15, two shots off the lead.
Charlie Wi still leads the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am after the conclusion of the third round. He has a three shot lead over Ken Duke, who had a -5 under par round at the Monterey Penninsular course, for a total tournament score of -15 under par. A further shot behind is Tiger Woods who had a -5 under par round at Pebble Beach. There are a host of players back at -9, including Phil Mickleson, I think that is too many shots even for Phil to make up, but as we have seen in the last two weeks anything can happen in golf.
When asked in the post match press conference about taking the lead into the last round, Charlie said;
” I enjoy being in the lead. It’s a lot more fun than trying to come back from behind. I know that tonight is going to be very exciting, and I’m sure I won’t sleep as well as if I’m in 50th place. But that’s what we play for and I’m really excited. I feel like my self-belief is higher than before and I really don’t know why. Something turned over the last couple of months where I really feel comfortable with myself out there on the course. I definitely caught myself getting ahead today but I was able to get back to what I was doing and I was really happy about that. You know, I just know that I know how to compete and that I could shoot low when I need to and hang in there under pressure.
Sadly for the Kiwi’s Danny Lee slipped back to -4 and is now out of contention, although a good round tomorrow will give him a satisfactory result.
Another regretful note, Bill Murray and D.A. Points failed to make the cut, so the defense of their title from last year has ended.
Charlie Wi leads the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, after a round of -3 under par at Pebble beach, and a total of -12 for the tournament. He said of his round today;
“I thought Pebble played really difficult today. The greens were very firm, and the guys that shot 8 or 9-under out there, I was very surprised how well they played, because the greens were so firm. Some of the pins were really tricky. I said, gosh, how did they shoot 9-under out there? And for me to shoot 3-under today, I was very pleased. I took an approach today saying this is just a new day, and whatever happened yesterday I was going to put it behind me and just start fresh.”
The biggest story of the day revolved around the TV coverage from Golf Channel, the comments go like this; Pebble Beach Pro-Am comes along and it is nearly unwatchable. It is absolutely ridiculous that live coverage is only provided at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In years past I could understand not providing live coverage at Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula. No coverage from Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula does not make sense to the viewing public, quite a number of whom have tuned in to see how Bill Murray and D.A Points are doing in their defense of their title. Given the fact that Tiger Woods is undoubtedly the biggest draw in golf, yet the Golf Channel does not send a live crew to cover his round at Spyglass Hill.
By contrast the coverage shown at the Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am, a similar tournament in structure to Pebble Beach. St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarn each host a round, a cut is made after three rounds and the final round takes place at St. Andrews. Live coverage was provided at all three courses. Spyglass Hill had Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for Round One. It makes no sense that they would be ignored for Dustin Johnson and Vijay Singh playing at Pebble Beach. The people in charge of coverage for the Golf Channel and CBS should be shown a tape of the Dunhill Links coverage. It is clear that they have no clue on how to cover a pro-am tournament on three courses.
No live coverage of Tiger and Tony Romo
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