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.

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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.”

Message for Phil, head on over to White Dragon Golf, and take a look.

AT&T First Round Rained Off.

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Steady rain  has led to standing water on the greens at Pebble Beach Golf Links and has halted play during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday.

 

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Play was suspended just half an hour after it began and there are five players tied at the top on -1 under par. Even the lift clean and play exemption did not help with the water-logged greens.

Currently sharing top spot are James Hann, at Pebble Beach, Stuart Appleby, Jasson Day and Daniel Chopra on the Monterey Peninsular course and James Driscoll over at Spyglass Hill.

Lets hope for better things tomorrow.

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.”

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Brandt Snedeker and Ted Potter Jnr tied at the top.

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Brandt Snedeker and Ted Potter Jnr are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Both players are at -8 under par for the tournament. Brandt shot a -4 under par 68 at Spyglass Hill, while Ted Potter Jnr had a -3 under par at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club course.

Brandt  has played so well this year that he is leading the FedEx Cup standings without having won, Brandt said of his situation;

” Keep running into guys who are or who are going to be in the Hall of Fame. That’s how you win out here, you keep putting yourself in position, and the more times you do, the more success you’re going to have. I’m doing a better job this week of making my way around the golf courses and not putting myself in bad spots and getting out of tough situations very quickly.”

Ted seems to think it is all about the bounce of the ball, sometimes good, sometimes bad;

“It’s just a funny game like that, some weeks you play really well and you get the right kicks and everything goes well. And then there are weeks you can still hit the ball well and get the bad kicks.”

Hunter Mahan, the first round leader lost a stroke on the spongy greens, he went to knock in a short bogey putt on the par-3 seventh hole when the ball moved on him.

“It just rolled over in like a heel print or something, I didn’t feel like I moved it. I didn’t feel like I had anything much to do with it moving. It’s just a rub of the green, so had to go back and take a penalty. That was frustrating, because I was hitting it so good.”

Phil Mickelson didn’t feel out of contention although he was back tied for 39th place, he is six shots behind, the same as last year when he went on to win;

“I love Pebble Beach. I’ve played well there and I’m only one good round away. If I can shoot something in the mid-60s, I’ll be right there for Sunday’s round, which is what I care about.”