RBC Heritage, 1st round

Tied for the lead at after the 1st round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina are, Chad Campbell, Vaughn Taylor and Colt Knost. All three had a first round score of  67 for a total of -4 under par for the tournament.

Colt Knost commented on his late tee time today and early start tomorrow;

Colt Knost WatchesThe Associated Press

‘ It’s good. It’s good to take advantage of , it’s probably good in this situation. It’s normally a tough tee time to finish so late, and the greens aren’t quite as good as they normally are. I’m excited to go out and have a little better conditions in the morning and get after it. I heard it was cold and a little windy this morning. From what I’ve seen it’s supposed to be a little better tomorrow. If it is, it is, if not, but it wasn’t calm for us out there today. Our first 12, 13 holes it was windy and it was swirling around a lot out there. We got lucky the last few coming in, and I was able to take advantage of it”

Vaughn Taylor said;

It’s very difficult. It’s obviously a tough driving course. And then if you’re not on the right side of the fairway, your back is behind the wall. And the greens are firm and fast. So it’s tough. You’ve just got to kind of grind it out. You know you’re going to miss some greens. So you’ve got to do your best trying to get the ball up and down. I fortunately did a good job of that today.” And of his effort on the ninth hole, Vaughn happily recounted; ” I had exactly 100 yards to the hole. I was trying to decide between a lob wedge and a sand wedge, but I had a little bit of an upslope lie, I decided to go with the sand wedge and hit a smooth one. Came off right, right at it, and fortunate enough to go in.”

Chad Campbell was pleased with his round;

Chad Campbell WatchesThe Associated Press

 ” It felt like I’ve been playing better here lately. I got off to a great start today; birdied 2 and 4 and 5. It’s nice to get off to a good start here. It was a little tricky with the winds, and it’s always a tough golf course. Pleased about the way I played today.”

There are four players just one shot behind, Jim Furyk, Charlie Wi, Harris English and Matt Every.

Biggest surprise of the day was world number one Luke Donald struggling to a +4 over par round of 75.

Luke Donald HandsThe Associated Press

Tiger Woods Leads at Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.


Tiger Woods shoots a 2nd round -7 under par 65 to share the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando Florida. Joining Woods on -10 under par is first round leader Charlie Wi, with a -4 under par round of 68.

The pair lead the tournament by just one shot from Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell who are at -9. Graeme McDowell had the round of the day shooting 63, the -9 under par round moved him all the way up the leaderboard to a share of second place.

At -6 under par for the tournament is England’s Justin Rose, who has been playing really well lately, competing strongly and looking for another win. Behind Justin are six players on -5 under par, they are, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Chris Stroud, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and the evergreen 49-year-old V. J. Singh.

Very surprised to see young Korean Sang-Moon Bae missing the cut, he had a round of 74 yesterday and then followed it with a 75 today, missing the cut by 2 shots.

Arnold Palmer Invitational, 1st Round


Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill after the first round, after both players  shot a -6 under par rounds of 66. Nick Watney is alone in second spot with a -4 under par 68, and is followed by a number of players finishing at -3 under par.

Among those at -3 is Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, tiger was happy to be back at Bay Hill;

” Great to be back. I haven’t played the golf course since last year’s tournament, and it’s in good shape this year. I think that with no wind, I think you might see some pretty good scores out here. The ball is going far because it is warm, and greens are rolling pretty good out there.”

Justin replied to a question about his play the last couple of weeks;

” Obviously it’s been a fun couple of weeks. A lot of people have congratulated me on the win and that’s always nice to receive but at the same time, you’re trying to keep your head in the game and into the particular week that you’re playing. So obviously I went to play Transitions and for the most part played really well there. Kind of had a 27-hole period in the middle of that tournament where I went AWOL, maybe just went a little bit flat for that period of time. But Tavistock Cup the last couple days, again, played pretty solid. What I’m finding is I’m kind of coming out of the traps pretty well, my game is good but the last couple days, I’ve just been sort of stumbling towards the end of my rounds and getting a little bit tired but need to find just a nice way to kick it into gear for four more rounds before I take a week off. ”

Big hitting Bubba Watson also joined the group on -3, and is also handily placed after completing his first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando Florida.

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.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Charlie Wi still Leads

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.

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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.



AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am- Poor TV coverageer ret

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.

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 09:  American football player Tony Romo (L) and playing partner Tiger Woods shake hands following their round during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Spyglass Hill Golf on February 9, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

No live coverage of Tiger and Tony Romo
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