Mother Nature has taken over for Friday.
Here are nine tidbits from the Round 2 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Pebble Beach will host the final round on Sunday.
These were the top-10 selected golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game. If you’re wondering why you’re not doing well, here’s why:
Remember, everyone plays 54 holes (18 on each track) before the cut. Traditionally, Spyglass Hill plays the most difficult in normal conditions but Pebble Beach will take that moniker if the wind blows. Caution.
Looking to claim his fifth title, Phil Mickelson used seven birdies to post 68 at Spyglass Hill to post 10-under-par and set the clubhouse lead. He’s found 31 of 36 greens and put 14 circles on the card thru two rounds.
As I wrote in my preview, Scott Langley is required writing if he’s playing in this tournament and he’s not letting anyone down yet. He was the co-leader after Round 1 as he posted 64 at Monterrey Peninsula Country Club (nine birdies, two bogeys). He remains T1 after 69 at Spyglass Hill that included just one bogey.
Lucas Glover started on Spyglass Hill with seven birdies and 68 and followed with seven more and 66 on Pebble Beach. He’s warm and dry and will get a crack at the easiest track, MPCC, tomorrow in Round 3.
Low So Far
Paul Casey’s 64 on MPCC matched the low round of the week so far and the Englishman jumped 28 spots to T1. Casey returned to the Monterrey Peninsula last year (T8) after a 15-year absence. I’m not happy to report that I had him AND Mickelson on my bench today in the PGATOUR game. Shut up.
Feels Like Home
Tommy Fleetwood grew up on the coast in Southport, England so a bit of wind and rain shouldn’t bother him. His first visit to the Pro-Am didn’t inspire in Round 1 (73) but he was four-under on Spyglass Hill when play was suspended. He’s proven in the past to be a quick learner so I’m interested to see how he navigates the rest of the weekend.
Dustin Johnson was cruising along at six-under and just four back before he squared three bogeys in his final six holes before the horn blew. His record in poor conditions is great so this qualifies as a surprise. He has two holes on Spyglass tomorrow before 36 on Pebble Beach. … Brandt Snedeker, like Johnson, is a two-time champion here and holds the tournament scoring record. Like Johnson, he’s heading in the wrong direction in Round 2 after a bogey-free 69 on Pebble Beach in Round 1. With two doubles and two bogeys weighing him down, his 74 in Round 2 won’t see him carry any momentum to Spyglass on Saturday. Sad!
Not Done Yet
Jordan Spieth is bogey-free with two holes to go on Spyglass as he also shares the lead. His 12 birdies are offset by just two bogeys so maybe British Open weather has knocked his game into gear. Spieth has never cashed worse than T22 here. … Jason Day didn’t make a birdie in his first 11 holes on Spyglass but rattled off four birdies in his last five holes to sit one off the lead. He’ll finish up his last three holes tomorrow morning before heading to Pebble for his final 36. Day will make it 10 straight weekends here pending an absolute disaster.
Roger Sloan took an albatross on his second hole of the day at Pebble Beach. Sadly he doubled the first, sixth and seventh and is currently eight-over. … Defending champion Ted Potter, Jr., opened with 82 and is currently T153. … Sean O’Hair WD after nine holes on Thursday to break a streak of 10 straight cuts made at this event. … There were nine, bogey-free rounds. Each course had three. Weird. … MPCC played the easiest in Round 1 followed by Pebble Beach while Spyglass Hill was the most difficult.