AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Beau at the Top.

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World #1, DJ, Dustin Johnson shares the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead with Beau Hossler, in California

DJ, Hossler tied at Pebble Beach

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DJ put together a second round -7 under par 64 at Monterey Penninsular to share top spot on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with PGA Tour rookie Beau, who settled for a second round -5 under 67 at Spyglass Hill, both with -12 under par totals.

DJ likes the MP course, but has not played well here in the past;

“I like the golf course, I feel like I should play really well, it’s just for some reason I just never have.”

“Probably my lowest by about seven shots at Monterey Peninsula, so I was happy with that.”

“It’s probably the first time, too, I think we have ever played over there with nice weather. So it was definitely a good day.”

 “I still had a couple chances to win even without playing too well at Monterey Peninsula”

“But obviously I’m in a really good position here starting the weekend, but still got two rounds at Pebble, which is probably my favorite out of the three courses and I really like playing there, it sets up well for me, but I’m still going to have to go out and shoot a good score tomorrow at Pebble if I want to be in contention on Sunday.”

Troy Merritt, -5 under par 67 at Spyglass Hill, and Julian Suri, -4 under 67 at Monterey are tied in third place at -10 under par.

Six players are then tied in fifth place at -9 under par, fan favorite Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Aaron Wise, Kevin Streelman, Jason Day and Steve Stricker are all well placed for the week-end.

Biggest shock of the day came from Rory McIlroy, who drove to the front edge of the 14th green, and then had a putting collapse that saw him four putt from inside 10 ft, carding a six, eventually signing for  +3 over par 74, with a -1 under tournament total.

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Two Tied at the Top.

 

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard, Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler have a one shot advantage in California.

AT&T Pebble BeachStreelman, Hossler share first-round lead at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Kevin shot -7 under 65 at Spyglass Hill, while Beau carded the same score at Pebble Beach, both players sit atop the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard.

PGA Tour rookie Beau likes the Pebble Beach course;

“It’s special, I’ve had some pretty nice days out here, but this is as good as it gets.”

“It’s probably 75 degrees and a nice little breeze off the water. It’s one of those courses that you love playing.”

“Game’s coming around, I’ve definitely been trending in the right direction. I’ve kind of been one round away the last few weeks, from having a pretty high finish.”

Sharing third place at -6 under par are Matt Kuchar, and Julian Suri, 66 at Spyglass Hill, and Aaron Wise with a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.

Making his first start in the USA this year, Rory McIlroy was happy with his messy -4 under 68 round at Spyglass Hill to be T 16 ;

“A couple of messy holes coming in, made a good bogey on 16, made a great par on 17.”

“It was nice to finish with a birdie at the last. So all in all pretty pleased.”

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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 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

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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.”

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Soggy AT&T. Andrew Loupe Leads at a Still Incomplete Round 1

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Andrew Loupe shot a -8 under par round at another delayed round 1 of the AT&T  Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsular.

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Andrew recorded an impressive -8 under par 63 in the first round of the AT&T, on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsular.

Monterey Peninsula played the easiest, and Andrew took full advantage of that opportunity. He never really had to scramble for a par, and missed only one fairway, added to that only two of his birdies were from over ten feet. This was his first trip to the area, and it was everything he imagined, but this is only the first round;

“This place is amazing, I really just stick to the plan and I know that my group is good. I have one hundred percent trust in my swing coach, my family, my trainer. I guess when you’re in those ruts, I just kept telling myself, you’re supposed to be here, you’re going to play good, just keep playing. This is just one round, guys, but I feel good. I did miss a few cuts coming into Sawgrass and played good, and I just knew that I could do it again. Would I like to play more consistently? Yes. But I just want to keep this rolling.”

There are five players tied in second position at -5 under par. four of them playing at Monterrey Peninsular, they were Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Scott Gardiner and Richard H Lee. The only exception is Jimmy Walker who played Pebble Beach.

Defending Champion Brandt Snedeker had a an even par round 72 at Spyglass Hill, leaving him down tied in 97th place.

Jordan Spieth had the best round at Spyglass Hill, a -5 under par  67, tied in seventh place and said he was playing safe on a good day to be playing Spyglass;

“It was more of an effort just to really play safe on the harder holes. The par fives you can take advantage of out here. I three-putted the first par 5 for par, but bounced back on the other par fives. And then I finally made some putts on the back nine. We picked a great day to have Spyglass.”

Dustin Johnson,who is a two-time winner of this event, had a -4 under par 68 at Spyglass Hill playing with his future father-in-law, hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Wayne said he was happy for Dustin, he was here just for fun;

” More happy with the fact he was four under today and it’s a tough course. I’m here for fun, he’s here for work.”

Phil Mickelson, playing with Condoleezza Rice, and a four-time champion here, was at -5 under par through fifteen holes when the round was stopped because of darkness.

The AT&T saga continues.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Sneds Siezes Title

Second to none

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The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title was gleefully seized by Sneds, there were no Hall of Famer’s snatching victory from him here at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Brandt Snedeker won by two shots, shooting a last round -7 under par, 65 to make sure this time he claimed the trophy, and also moved up to number four in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Brandt stood on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach with a three-shot lead on Sunday, taking in the view before him,  the sun and the Pacific Ocean, realizing just how far he has come in the past few months. Sneds said is was a dream, and hard to put into words;

“Just hard to put into words, to have a stretch of golf like I had the last couple of months, something you dream about. Something you think that you can do, but you don’t really know until you actually put it together, and I have. I’m really enjoying this, and hopefully can parlay this into the best year of my career. The last two weeks, playing great but running into two Hall of Famer’s, really motivated me to go out and prove that I can handle the lead. I definitely didn’t want to do anything but win today, I was out there for one purpose and one purpose only, and I was extremely focused all day. I did a great job of staying patient and I did a great job of playing the golf course the way you’re supposed to play it. I would love to be known as the best American golfer, I’ve got a long way to go to do that, but this is a great start to the year. Couldn’t have scripted much of a better one, except for maybe winning the last two weeks if the guys (Tiger and Phil) hadn’t played.”

Ian Poulter tweeted from his home in Orlando Florida;

“Sneds is officially the best golfer on the planet right now, some serious golf he is playing.”

Chris Kirk was in second place, his great round of -6 under par 66, just not good enough on the day to bring him success. Chris said he felt he had played good golf, but somebody always seems to blitz the course;

” We’ve had a lot of tournaments like that on TOUR this year where somebody has really just kind of blitzed the field. I felt like I played well enough to win a golf tournament and came up a little bit short.”

Rookie James Hahn finished in tie for third place, along with broomstick user Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker, all at -14 under par for the tournament.

Sneds and Toby Wilt shared the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title with Michael Letzig and John EricksonJordan Spieth  and Tony Romo; Patrick Cantlay and Kelly Slater; Brad Fritsch and Huey Lewis were among six teams tied for third, two strokes back.

 

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

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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.”