AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Ted Potter Jr Tied.

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World #1 DJ is tied at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with Ted Potter Jnr. in California.

DJ tied for lead at Pebble Beach

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Three bogey’s on the back nine stalled DJ’s momentum at Pebble, signing for a -2 under 70, while Ted was on target for a 59, but made bogey on his last two holes for -9 under 62 at Monterey, both players have -14 under par totals, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I got off to a really good start, played pretty well on the back nine. I had a lot of good looks at some nice birdies.”

“I hit good putts, they just didn’t go in.”

“The wind was a little bit tricky, and I just got on the wrong side of holes on my bogeys. All in all, I feel good about the game. I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

Ted Potter Jr. interview after Round 3 of AT&T Pebble Beach

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Ted said he knew it would be a tough finish;

“I didn’t feel like I hit bad shots coming in there on the last couple, making bogeys there, but I just knew it was going to be tough coming in.”

Sharing second place those two shots back at -10 under are Jason Day, Australia, -3 under par 69 today at Pebble, and Troy Merritt, -2 under 69 at Monterey.

Rory McIlroy did not make the cut in his first appearance here at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, having another bad day where very little went right, but he did show the gallery what he is capable of. After hitting his tee shot into the drink on the par five 18th, taking his obligatory drop he proceeded to hit the pin with his third shot, and then sunk the birdie putt. If only he had shown that kind of form for the rest of the week.

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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.

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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. Jordan Speith In Control.

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Jordan Spieth is in control as he tops the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard after 36 holes in the suspended second round.

Spieth heats up on Friday

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Jordan jumped to share the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard with a second round -7 under par 65 at Spyglass Hill for a  tournament total of  -17 under par, and likes his chances playing Pebble Beach;

“I’ve played Spyglass better to the field than I’ve played the other courses.”

“I don’t know why. I do love this track a lot. Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like the greens roll more true than anywhere else,  and I should convince myself Pebble’s that way too.”

“I’ve played this course well in the past, always have. Obviously not this well, but yeah, I feel like I got a little extra today.”

“When it’s forecast for this much rain, they’re going to put the pins on the high points of the green, which is normally the back of the greens.”

 “The greens are ridiculously soft, so we’re spinning the ball a lot, but you can’t throw it behind it. So it’s very difficult.”

“That’s the biggest challenge for me over the last few years is courses where the greens are really soft and the pins are in the back.”

“Just taking two clubs extra and swing a half-swing, that’s been a very difficult thing for me to do,  which is a bit surprising that I’m this far up, because you’ve had to do that on every hole out here.”

“Pebble’s a gettable golf course when the wind’s not blowing.”

“I’m at 10 under now. If I can try and just make two a side at Pebble each time, and make up for the bogeys with maybe another birdie or something like that,  it may be good enough.”

Derek Fathauer shares the lead at -10 under par, shooting -8 under through 17 holes at Pebble Beach.

World number one Jason Day is in third position at -9 under par, he is currently -7 under through 12 hole of his round on Spyglass Hill to be at -10 under for the tournament.

It’s impossible to say what is happening when only 33 out of 154 players were done with the second round.

AT&T at Pebble Beach. Round 1 Suspended.

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Round 1 of the AT&T Pebble Beach was suspended due to inclement weather conditions, with three players tied at the top. Rick Lamb, Seung Yule Noh and Joel Dahmen. Jordan Spieth is one shot back, and still has two holes to play.

Rick Lamb is tied for the lead after a wet and rainy first day at Pebble Beach. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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An early tee time, and playing Spyglass Hill was definitely an advantage as Rick, Seung, and Joel found out, all shooting completed first rounds of -4 under par 68 at Spyglass, as the wind and rain played a major factor;

Joel mentioned being up in the trees;

 “We might have caught a break today, being up here in the trees.”

Rick was not properly awake when he teed off this morning;

“At first I didn’t think it was great I had to wake up at 4:15 today, so we were a little groggy this morning.”

 “But by the time we got going, it was good. I think we teed off before the sun actually rose.”

“Glad I’m not out at Pebble.”

Seung went round bogey free;

“All the drivers hit the fairway today and went pretty far and straight, so it was playing a little easier because I was playing in the fairway.”

Four players are tied in second place at -3 under par, Mark Hubbard, on Pebble Beach is the only one of these four who has completed his first round. Tim Wilkinson, who started on the back nine, has five holes to play and Nick Watney, starting on one also has five left, they both were also playing Pebble Beach.

Jordan Spieth is also on -3 under, having played 16 holes at Monterey Peninsula.

If want to know how hard it was today, forty professional players struggled on the 466-yard par-4 ninth at Pebble Beach, with just two of them hitting the green in regulation. That’s a 5 percent conversion rate.

 

 

 

 

 

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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