Friday, February 10, 2017

Round 2 highlights from Pebble Beach pro-am

Jordan Spieth is the clubhouse leader at 10 under; Derek Fathauer, also at 10 under, has one hole to play. Just 33 of 154 players have completed their second rounds; the others will resume play at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.
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Others may struggle at Spyglass Hill. Not Jordan Spieth.
Four of his five trips around the par-71 layout have been below par – including Friday’s second-round 65. That’s the lowest score in his 20 career rounds in this tournament. His scoring average at Spyglass Hill is 68.0.
Given the fact that Spyglass is statistically the toughest of the three courses in the rotation, Spieth knows a low round there gives him a little bigger edge on the field. Eight birdies on Friday had him feeling pretty good.
“I’ve played Spyglass better to the field than I’ve played the other courses,” he said. “… 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.”
And he got a little extra than he normally does in this kind of set-up. Let him explain.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Three years ago, Spieth entered the third round of the AT and T Pebble Beach as the co-leader with Jimmy Walker. Spieth shot himself out of contention with a third-round 78 that included seven bogeys and a double at the par-4 ninth.
Last year, Spieth shot a third-round 74 at Pebble that eventually cost him a top-10 finish after he rallied the next day with a 66. He finished tied for 21st.
Thus, Spieth’s worst two scores in his AT and T Pebble Beach career have been third-round Saturdays at Pebble. (His two other  Saturday rounds were 68s).
With a sunny forecast and perhaps calmer winds, Spieth is looking forward to Saturday’s challenge.
“Pebble’s a gettable golf course when the wind’s not blowing,” he said. “… 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.”


Jason Day probably didn’t want to see the fog stop play Friday, as he had a hot round going. The world No. 1 is a bogey-free 7 under through his first 12 holes at Spyglass Hill and had made four consecutive birdies when the horn blew Friday afternoon. Day is currently solo third at 9 under.
Patrick Reed nearly completed his second round at Monterey Peninsula. He’s 6 under through 17 holes and will play the ninth hole Saturday morning before moving to Spyglass Hill. Reed had seven birdies in his second round and how has 92 birdies in his AT and T Pebble Beach career. Since 2013, no one has made more birdies in this event. Reed is tied for fourth at 7 under.
Two-time Pebble Beach winner Brandt Snedeker is tied for eight at 5 under. He’s 2 under on his round with four holes left at Spyglass Hill, then will play Pebble Beach.
One notable who’s not lurking is four-time winner Phil Mickelson, who shot an even-par 72 at Spyglass Hill and is 1 under for the tournament. “Played well,” Mickelson said. “Just didn’t score well.”


Derek Fathauer is making the 91st Tour start of his pro career. If he can make par or better on his final hole to end his second round, he’ll be in a position he’s never been in before.
Fathauer has never held or shared the 36-hole lead in a Tour event. He has been the first-round leader three times and was the third-round leader at the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayokba, where eventually finished fourth.
He’ll tee off on the par-4 ninth at Pebble Beach early Saturday morning. It’s his last hole in a bogey-free round that has included eight birdies. Add another birdie and he would shoot 63 – which would be a career-low on Tour.
But the real challenge may come in the third round when Fathauer goes to Monterey Peninsula. Saturdays have been his worst day on TOUR this season, as his third-round scoring average of 72.20 ranks him tied for 193rd in that category.


Jon Rahm shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine at Pebble Beach, making six consecutive birdies starting with the second hole. That ties for the longest birdie streak of this season. Whee Kim and and Adam Hadwin also made six straight birdies at the CareerBuilder Challenge …
Jordan Spieth and his celebrity amateur partner Jake Owen are tied for the lead in the team competition with Grayson Murray and partner Panos Panay. Both teams are 15 under …
Seung-Yul Noh has played 31 holes this week and has yet to make a birdie. He has five holes left in his second round Saturday at Pebble Beach and will then move to Monterey Peninsula for the third round …
Robert Garrigus on Friday’s fog: “It was coming in waves. It’s all right – just wait a couple minutes and you could see the flag and just hit it.”





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