AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Full Recap: Woods Five Shots Behind
The opening round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament is in the books.
And while most of the golf world's eyes were on Tiger Woods today, there was plenty of interesting action across the three courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Two-time Pebble Beach champion Dustin Johnson, Charlie Wi and Danny Lee are your leaders at nine-under(-par) after 18 holes of play heading to Friday's second round.
Woods, who played at the Spyglass Hill course today, had and up-and-down day. He started with back-to-back birdies, but finished at four-under-(par), five shots behind the leaders.
Let's review the action for the day.
Early on the pace started picking up right after Zach Johnson made the first eagle of the tournament on the 10th hole at the Monterey Peninsula course.
But if you looked early at the leaderboard you would see the unlikely names of Australian Rod Pampling and American William McGirt (both at the Monterey Peninsula) in the lead at three-under(-par.)
Other early starters, Nick Watney and Sang-Moon Bae at Spyglass Hill; and Hunter Mahan Mike Weir, Sang-Moon Bae and Boo Weekley at Monterey Peninsula, followed them at two-under(-par.)
But it didn't take long for Watney to become the new leader as he made an eagle on the par-five seventh hole and moved to four-under(-par.)
Shortly thereafter, Mahan—who started on the back nine—made his fourth consecutive birdie at the 14th hole. That moved him into a share of the lead at four-under(-par) after five holes played.
But their lead was short lived as J.J. Killeen—at the Monterey Peninsula—moved into the outright lead at five-under(-par), after an eagle on the fifth hole.
In a tie for second place at that moment were Watney, Mahan, 2006 champ Arron Oberholser (at Spyglass Hill) and Josh Teater (at Monterey Peninsula.) They were at four-under(-par.)
Watney continued his hot play and came to regain a share of the lead with Killeen at five-under(-par) after a birdie on the ninth hole. He made the turn with a 31.
Meanwhile, Teater was having a good stretch. He made four consecutive birdies from the fifth hole, and with that he joined Killeen and Watney with share of the lead at five-under(-par.)
Watney picked up things right where he left them entering the back nine birding the 10th hole. Which moved him to six-under(-par) and into solo first place.
Killeen and Teater remained at five-under(-par), while Dustin Johnson moved to four-under(-par) through four holes thanks to an eagle on the third hole and a birdie on the fourth.
Teater, dropped a shot to go to four-under(-par) after a bogey on the ninth hole. He closed his front nine at 30, two shots behind Watney.
The leaderboard continued to get crowded behind the leaders. Sang Moon-Bae (at Spyglass Hill), Vijay Singh and Brian Davis (both at Pebble Beach) moved into the contingent tied for third at four-under(-par) with Johnson, Teater and Brian Gay (at Spyglass Hill.)
It was at this moment that South Korean Charlie Wi (at Monterey Peninsula) started his climb up the leaderboard. He moved to four-under(-par) thanks to birdies on the fourth and fifth holes, and an eagle on the sixth.
Meanwhile, Watney wasn't letting off the gas as he extended his lead to two shots after yet another birdie on 11th. At that moment he moved to seven-under(-par) and was threatening to run away with the tournament.
Teater came back from his bogey and tied for second place at five-under(-par) after a birdie on the 10th hole, closing the gap to the leader Watney.
At this point, Sang-Moon Bae and Johnson started to put some pressure on Watney. They pulled to within one shot at six-under(-par.)
Bae reached it after he made three straight birdies at the 18th, first and second holes. Johnson reached six-under after an eagle on the sixth hole—his second eagle of the day.
Watney's hot play came to a halt with a bogey on the 13th hole. That dropped him into a tie for first place with Bae and Johnson.
Things started to get interesting as Wi, and American veterans Ken Duke (at Pebble Beach) and Bob Estes (at Spyglass Hill) moved to five-under(-par) and into a tie for fourth place with Teater and Killeen.
Then the plot thickened when shortly thereafter, Wi made it a four-way tie for first place at six-under(-par) with a birdie on the ninth hole. He made the turn with at 28.
Not to be outdone, Duke made an eagle on the 16th hole, gaining the outright lead at seven-under(-par.) But, how did he got here? It seemed like out of nowhere.
But no, Duke made a birdie on the 10th hole to start his back-nine, and then four straight birdies before his eagle on the 16th hole.
Watney came roaring back into a share for the lead at seven-under(-par) with Duke after overcoming his bogey on the 13th hole with a birdie on the 14th.
This left Bae, Wi and Johnson tied for third place at six-under(-par.)
This started to look like the old NASCAR drafting cars battling in a pack back and forth for the lead. Wi joined Watney and Duke for the lead at seven-under(-par) after making birdie on 17th hole.
In case you were wondering where was New Zealand's Danny Lee, he was at the Pebble Beach course.
He joined the fun at seven-under(-par) with an eagle on his11th hole of the day— the actual second hole on the course. That was his second eagle of the day, coincidentally he made an eagle on the actual 11th hole as well.
Canadian Graham DeLaet made his presence known on the leaderboard, moving to six-under(-par) and tied for fourth along with Bae and Johnson, after a nice birdie on the 11th hole.
Watney started to run out of steam. He dropped a shot and fell into the group tied for fourth after a bogey on the 16th hole.
Duke meanwhile closed out his round with a birdie to finish his day at eight-under(-par) 64 and took the early outright clubhouse lead.
Lee and Wi were behind him in second place at seven-under(-par), and Bae, DeLaet, Johnson and Watney remained at six-under(-par) at that moment.
Then Bae and DeLaet dropped from the group tied for fourth place. Bae bogeyed his 15th hole— the sixth hole on the course—and DaLaet made a bogey on the 12th hole.
Then Johnson made a birdie on the 11th hole to move into a tie for second place at seven-under(-par). That dropped Watney to solo fifth at six-under(-par.)
Wi surged into a share of the lead, at eight-under(-par) with Duke, thanks to a birdie on the 13th hole. But shortly after, Lee joined them after a birdie on his 14th hole (the fifth on the course.)
Johnson had been left in solo fourth place with a birdie on the 11th hole, but then Brian Harman (at Pebble Beach) felt like giving him some company. He moved into a tie with him after an eagle on his 15th hole (the sixth on the course.)
Johnson then bogeyed the 12th hole and dropped into a tie for fifth with Watney, who shortly after closed his round with a six-under(-par) 66 for the day.
Wi came back to work and gained the outright lead after a birdie on the 15th hole, moving to nine-under(-par.)
But Lee kept matching him stride-for-stride, and made a birdie of his own, on his 16th hole (seventh on the course), to regain a share of the lead.
At this point Teater finished with a birdie at the 18th hole—his first since the 10th hole—to close the day with a 64 at six-under(-par). At the moment leaving him tied with Johnson and Watney.
But then Johnson birdied the 14th hole and moved into a tie for fourth with Harman at seven-under(-par.)
Next up, Harman closed his day with a birdie on his 18th hole (ninth on the course) to finish with a 64 at eight-under(-par). At that time he was tied Duke for third place.
Johnson then continued his ascent up the leaderboard with another birdie on the 15th, and that moved him to eight-under(-par) tying him with Duke and Harman for third.
Kevin Na (at Spyglass Hill) joined the already crowded leaderboard after his birdies on the 14th and 15th, placing him at six-under(-par) where he joined DeLaet.
With this DaLaet and Na joined the closing tie for sixth place with Teater and Watney.
Johnson was not done. He closed the day with a birdie at the 18th hole to join Lee and Wi for the three-way tie at the top.
Going forward, you have to look at Johnson, who has experience winning twice this event, and looked the part of the champion today. His round was highlighted by his two eagles.
Lee and Wi played flawless golf, they went bogey-free for the day. Refreshing to see the way these two climbed atop the leaderboard.
Woods has some work to do, but is not far behind and didn't play bad. He could be setting up for a run on the weekend.
Another player who looked good today was Watney, who seemed to run out of steam at the end, but is a player who, when he has the hot hand, can run away with the win.
Duke and Harman were the surprises of the day with their eight-under(-par) scores. Let's see what Friday has in store for them.
The opening round leaders of the Pro-AM were Padraig Harrington and JP McManus (at Monterey Peninsula) along with Danny Lee and Scott Green.
They shot 59 for 13-under(-par) and are one shot clear on the lead. For a full review of the Pro-AM leaderboard you can click here.
Tee Times for Friday
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Coverage for Friday
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