AT&T Pebble Beach. Vaughn Taylor Wins.

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Vaughn Taylor wins the AT&T Pebble Beach, beating Phil Mickelson by just one shot in California.

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Vaughn with family and caddie

 

Vaughn carded a final round -7 under pr 65 at Pebble Beach to win the tournament with a -17 under par total.

He said the amazing win, his first in ten years, was just unbelievable, the real blow coming on the 16th, with 30ft birdie putt;

“I’ve had that putt before. It’s a hard putt.”

“I wasn’t even thinking about making that putt. I knew it broke a lot, and it’s a little uphill at the end.”

“It’s really easy to leave that putt short. I just flushed it. It was kind of going in from the start.”

“It’s been a long time, and I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

“I’ve worked so hard, and just kept getting knocked down, and knocked down.”

I can’t believe it actually happened again, it’s just amazing, I’m lost for words right now.”

Phil Mickelson finished in second place, with an even par 72 last round, finishing agonizingly just one shot short at -16 under par, after missing a short putt on 18 to force a play-off;

“It never crossed my mind that one on 18 wouldn’t go in.”

Jonas Blixt was in third place at -15 under par, a last round -3 under 69 cementing a solid week on the golf course, with all four rounds in the sixties.

AT&T Pebble Beach. Phil Fires Into Lead.

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Phil Mickelson fires himself into the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach in California.

Phil Mickelson missed nine greens in Saturday's third round at Pebble Beach, but got up and down each time. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Phil fired a third round bogey free -6 under par 66 at Pebble Beach to take the lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament with a -16 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

It was the first 54 hole lead for Phil since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. He needed only 21 putts in the round, and enjoyed being back in contention;

“It’s fun to be back in the thick of it.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in contention and it would mean a lot to me to be able to play a good final round tomorrow.”

“And as well as I’ve been hitting the ball, the score was great, but the ball-striking wasn’t indicative of how I’ve been hitting it.”

“So I would like to get that dialed in for tomorrow’s round.”

Hiroshi Iwata from Japan is in second place on his own at -14 under par, a -3 under par 69 today at Spyglass kept him in sight of the leader.

Freddie Jacobson, -3 under 68 today at Monterey, and Sung Kang, -2 under 70 at Pebble, share third place, both at -13 under par.

This is definitely Phil’s tournament, the next six players behind him on the leaderboard have combined for four PGA TOUR victories, Phil is headed for his 43rd.

Jordan Spieth, the world’s #1 is happy to be playing the weekend;

“I’m not in contention. It will be the first stress-free round that I’ve really had in quite a while where I’ve played a Sunday not having a chance to win.”

“It’s not good, but at the same time, I think I can get into a groove and not lose any hair over the back nine. I’m going to fire at some pins.”

Phil Mickelson captures the 54-hole lead at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

This boy is not interested in the golf

AT&T Pebble Beach. Sung Kang In Dreamland, Tied at the Top.

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Sung Kang, from South Korea, is in dreamland as he tied for top spot on the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard.

Sung Kang carded nine birdies and an eagle on Friday. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

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Sung shot an amazing record breaking second round of -11 under par 60 at Monterey Peninsula, to share the AT&T Pebble Beach lead at that score. He admitted before  arriving in America he had never heard of his amateur partner, Ray Romano, not sure if Ray could see the funny side of that. He had not heard of Sung either, but will be sure to remember him after today.

Sung admitted he felt like he was in dreamland, he could not remember how many birdie putts he made, and those he could not read Fluff Cowan put him right;

“I feel like I’m living a dream right now.”

“Too many to count, it was just going in every single time, I still thought the par was 72,”

“One of my buddies came up and said, `Oh, you’re with Ray. He’s very famous.”

“I did some research on it. I Googled Ray and he was like on a really famous TV show for six or seven years. He gets like almost a third more earnings from TV drama show.”

“I think he’ll remember me after today.”

With Sung at the top at -11 under par is Hiroshi Iwata, from Japan, he posted another round of 66, this time at Pebble Beach.

Sharing third place are Phil Mickelson, -6 under 65 today at Monterey, Freddie Jacobson, -3 under 69 at Spyglass and Chez Reavie -2 under 70 at Pebble, all of them at -10 under for the tournament.

Phil needed  only 11 putts on the front nine at Monterey, and had thoughts of a 59, the back nine though was more modest;

“I thought I was going to shoot a lot lower than I did.”

“I didn’t expect to play 1 over coming in. But I’m not going to complain because I made a lot of good putts on the front.”

Justin Rose is next, in 6th place at -9 under par after his -3 under 68 at Monterey, he initially thought the greens were harder here at Monterey, but had to change his assessment when hearing of Sung’s bogey free 60;

“The greens are obviously perfect.”

World #1 Jordan Spieth is still struggling, -3 under 69 at Monterey leaving him way off the pace at -4 under par;

“I’m one under on the par fives, and from where I’ve been, they have pretty much all been par fours for me.”

“So it almost feels like I’m playing them seven over.”

 

AT&T Pebble Beach. Chez Reavie Has 1st Round Lead.

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The AT&t Pebble Beach is in full swing at Spyglass HillMonterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach, with Chez Reavie leading after the 1st round.

Chez Reavie shot 8-under 63 to take the first round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Chez fired a first round -8 under par 63 at Monterey Peninsula to lead the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro/Am tournament.

Chez said it was all down to great putting;

“My ball striking seems to be pretty consistent, so if I can get that putter hot, I can make a lot more birdies.”

“Even on days I putt well, I still don’t make as many putts as I made today.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are Freddie Jacobson 65 at Pebble Beach, Cameron Smith and Bronson Burgoon, both with rounds of 64 at Monterey Peninsula.

Bronson spoke about good putting, and the guys who usually back him;

“I hit it good and I putted it well, it was really good.”

“I have a few buddies that have me on their fantasy golf team. They have been getting on me every week because I haven’t been doing anything.”

“So hopefully they picked me again. Golf’s a finicky game, so you never know.”

There is a whole bunch of players at -6 under par, including Justin Rose, who was playing the tougher Spyglass Hill in this tournament the first time, he liked it, and also the impromptu singing performance of his amateur partner Justin Timberlake, and the horde of female followers he had;

“There’s some strong holes on it, and I heard some strange reports about Spyglass, like the first few holes are great, then it disappears into the hills and it’s not that good.”

“That’s not what I saw. That’s a pretty stellar golf course to me and really enjoyed playing it.”

“Didn’t really know what to expect,but I’m very happy to have that score under my belt. Hope I can build on that the rest of the week.”

“That was a cool moment, not many people saw it, because there was only like 20 people back there. That’s obviously when you really appreciate how someone can grab a guitar, go a cappella and sound so awesome.”

“You have a better appreciation. You see him hit not maybe so many great golf shots, but then you realize, `Ah, that’s pretty damn special right there.’ So we all have our own skill set.”

“Never seen a demographic like that on a golf course, everyone was under 21 and 80 percent female.”

Phil Mickelson, -4 under 69 at Spyglass, made an error in changing his driver, and had some efforts off the tee that were not good;

“Some shots I didn’t care for.”

“Like an idiot, I switched drivers.”

Everyone has to play all three courses, so it will be a couple of days before we can see who is really in contention.

AT&T Pebble Beach. Super Smooth Sneds Wins.

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Super Smooth Sneds wins the AT&T Pebble Beach.

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Sneds cruised to his win at the AT&T Pebble Beach, a final round -5 under par 67 to post a -22 under par total, for a comfortable three shot victory.

Winning here at Pebble Beach, Sneds qualifies for the Masters, US PGA Championship, and most likely all the World Golf Championships events, he is also back in the top 50 rankings of the world, and it meant a lot to him;

“An emotional win, it had been a long time coming.”

“I made some changes in the middle of the year last year and feel like I got a lot better at the end of last year.”

“I just didn’t quite show it on the golf course, so to come out here and my back against the wall for a bunch of tournaments I like playing in, I’m used to playing in, and it is really special and means a lot to me.”

Nick Watney took second place, three shots back on -19 under par, his final round -3 under par 69 not quite enough to get the job done.

Third place belonged to Charley Beljan, a final round -6 under par 66 giving him a -18 under par tournament total.

Tied in fourth spot at -17 under par were Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Pat Perez. The Pro-Am Title went to Pat Perez and Michael Lund, co-founder of Pandora Jewelry. They finished 63-63 on the weekend as a team.

Pat gave all the credit for the team win to Michael, a winning score of – 42-under, they prevailed by two over Sneds and Toby Wilt.

Pat said of his playing partner;

“He cusses a lot, smokes, yells and all kinds of stuff.”

“He keeps me calm, keeps me laughing. I think that got me into such a great frame of mind all week. It was just an awesome week. It was fun.”

And fun is what it is supposed to be.

AT&T Pebble Beach, Jim Furyk Tops the Leaderboard with a Brilliant Round.

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Jim Furyk had a brilliant third round and tops the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard.

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Jim shot a third round -9 under par to top the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow, with his -18 under total.

It has been four years since Jim won a tournament, but he has had plenty of opportunities, which all withered away with poor final rounds. He spoke about the pressure of expectation;

“Ultimately, I want to win golf tournaments and that’s what’s most important to me.”

“And I think maybe at times last year, I sat here and looked at y’all and said, `I’m not going to put pressure on myself, I’m just going to go out there and try and play the same way.’

“It’s not hard to look you right in the eye and say, `I want to win golf tournaments.’ But it’s hard to go out the next day and try to play the same way and not put extra pressure on yourself.”

“We all expect a lot of ourselves and we all put pressure on ourselves on Sunday, but I think that the way maybe I was doing it in the past was a little counterproductive at times.”

“I really didn’t know where I stood coming out here, I was going to be very patient and see where I was, and go play Pebble and L.A. and reassess and have the week off to get ready for Doral and Tampa.”

“I guess I’m pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t expect to be eighteen under par after three days, I’ll promise you that. But also didn’t expect the weather to be like this either.”

Matt Jones and Brandt Snedeker are tied in second place, just one shot behind at -17 under par. They both carded -5 under par third rounds of 67 on the Pebble Beach course.

Sneds said he did not have his A game today, but posted a reasonable score;

“Didn’t have my best stuff starting out today.I was able to gut out a good round.”

“You kind of have to do that, you’re going to have a stretch of golf where you’re not playing your best, and hopefully, mine is behind me now.”

On his own in fourth place is Nick Watney, he stayed firmly in contention with a -7 under par 65. at Pebble Beach, to give him a tournament score of -16 under.

 

 

Mickelson crushes Tiger and wins Pebble Beach

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.