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.
Danny Lee is tied at the top of the leader board after round one of the A.T and T tournament at Pebble Beach. On the strength of two eagles (Nos. 2 and 11) at Pebble Beach, 21-year-old Danny Lee recorded a career-low round of -9 under-par 63. Kiwi and former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, matched Dustin Johnson’s 63 at Pebble Beach.
Most of the press stories are about Tiger Woods, who shot a -4 under par at Spy Glass Hill, he is a little concerned at the low scores being posted:
” I drove it great today. I drove it on a string for most of the day. I left a few shots out there, for sure. It seems like the rest of the guys are going pretty low around this place and tearing the course apart. I can’t get too far behind the lead. I know there is some colder weather coming in, but I’ve got to take advantage of this. The guys are just tearing the course apart with no wind. I think we saw two at 9 and two at 8 and a couple of guys at 7 with five holes to go. So you’ve got to take advantage of it. So, hopefully, in the next few days I can get it going.”
Be interesting to see if Tiger can play catch up tomorrow, and also good luck to Danny Lee, I hope he stays in contention after the second round.
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Mark Wilson won the 2012 Humana Challenge at La Quinta by two shots from Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger and Robert Garragus. Mark’s last round 69 gave him a total of -24 for the tournament. He and Robert Garragus vied for the lead during the round, something that Mark touched on during his after tournament interview ;
“It feels good obviously here with the trophy. The day went not as planned really, but I guess it never does, but last time I came out here I shot sixty two. So of course had those images in mind. Made a bad swing on the third hole, and just kinda hit a lot of good shots. The pins were in tough spots, to get close to, so I was really patient, and then birdying number eleven. I played that hole very smart, and then holed the bunker shot on twelve, really gave me momentum to go in the right direction. And I felt like Robert and I really had a good time, and Zach for that matter. But Robert and I kinda going back and forth. We enjoyed that, both making the putts on sixteen, and the it just came down to eighteen. And I didn’t want to give him a chance to make that putt and to tie me. So thankfully I rolled mine in and got it done.
Phil Mickelson finished with a round of 69, but never really recovered from the first round 74, which left him way off the pace. He is still hopeful of competing successfully during the West Coast swing.
Kiwi Danny Lee finished tied for 66th place after a poor last round of 74 and will be aiming to improve his challenge over four really competitive rounds next time out.
Highest placed Englishman was Gary Christian who had a great last round of 64, tied 14th at -17. But he was unable to mount a serious challenge after his third round collapse of 73, too much of a mountain to climb.
David Toms, Ben Crane and Mark Wilson all share the lead at the Humana Challenge at the PGA West course in La Quinta, California. The trio are at -16 after the second round, three shots ahead of their nearest rivals, headed by Camillo Villegas.
Phil Mickleson had a better round today, 69 for a total of -1, but is still a long way from making the cut, a point he mentioned in his after round interview;
” After a rough start today, being three over, I played the last thirteen six under. Played much better and I’m excited about how I was playing heading into this tournament. But, I’ve had a bit of a slap in the face with my first two scores. I’ll try tomorrow to go out and play a good round, hopefully make the cut. Get a bit of momentum heading into next week’s event in San Diego.
Phil tried out a new driver today and it seemed to work pretty well, hitting it much straighter than yesterdays effort.
New Zealand’s Danny Lee gad another 3 under round 69 to finish the second day at -6. He is playing steady golf and making a good impression, while flying the flag for NZ.