PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Charlie Wi still has the lead at 13 under, but for how long? There is an awful lot of movement behind him on the leaderboard with a ton of big names lurking.
Padraig Harrington, who earlier this week talked about the need to not only play well but win if he’s going to make the European Ryder Cup team, is 10 under after birdies on each of his first two holes at Spyglass Hill.
Jospeh Bramlett is also 10 under after making a double-eagle on the par-5 11th at Spyglass Hill.
Then there’s Tiger Woods, who bounced back from an early bogey with three straight birdies to get to 2 under through his first seven holes and within five of the lead at 8 under overall.
Dustin Johnson also recovered from a rough start. He bogeyed his first two holes at Monterey Peninsula but has since added a birdie and is also 8 under.
Phil Mickelson is in the hunt, too. He’s made two birdies (and one bogey) through his first eight holes on Pebble Beach and is among the eight players tied for sixth at 8 under.
CHARLOTTE. N.C. – Geoff Ogilvy has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship due to a sore shoulder. He was replaced in the field by rookie Joseph Bramlett,
Ogilvy tweeted: “Quite disappointing as it is one of my favorite weeks of the year.” Five minutes later, he added “To celebrate, I am about to submerge myself in a bath full of ice. Fun times.”
As further proof, Ogilvy tweeted a photo of a tub with five bags of ice lurking outside.
J.J. Henry still has the lead after an opening-round 67 earlier today, but players are lining up behind him with Charley Hoffman, Jhonattan Vegas and Vaughn Taylor all in the clubhouse with 68s.
Rookie Joseph Bramlett is also 4 under and has three holes to play.
Joseph Bramlett made headlines last winter as the first African-American in 25 years to make it through q-school. Since then, he's found life on TOUR to be a waiting game: Get into whatever events you can. Try to play well enough to move up the money list. Rinse, repeat.
Bramlett was the first alternate on Thursday morning at Redstone (basically, he was simply sitting around for everyone to tee off so he could go home). But at the last minute, Aussie Michael Sim withdrew from his afternoon tee time, putting Bramlett in the field for just the eighth time this year.
He shot a pedestrian 73 in Round 1, but racked up six birdies in Round 2 to shoot 68. The 68 ties the lowest score of his young career -- he shot 68 in the second round of the Sony Open -- but it's his lowest score to par to date.
PGA TOUR rookie Joseph Bramlett has signed a multi-year agreement with with Nike Golf that covers clubs, ball, footwear, glove, bag, apparel, headwear and accessories.
Bramlett, who tied for 16th at the final stage of q-school, will make his PGA TOUR debut this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 22-year-old Stanford alum is the first athlete of African-American heritage to graduate from q-school in 25 years.
“I am very excited to begin my professional golf career as a Nike athlete,” Bramlett said. “Nike equipment has been in my bag throughout my amateur and collegiate career and I believe strongly in its technology and performance.”
Bramlett graduated from Stanford in less than four years and turned professional last fall. He earned All-America honors as a freshmen when The Cardinal won the NCAA title. Bramlett also overcame two injuries to his wrist that nearly derailed his college career.
"Joseph is a fine example of determination and will,” said Mark Thaxton, global sports marketing director of operations for Nike Golf. “We look forward to having Joseph on the PGA TOUR this year representing Nike Golf.”
Jospeh Bramlett just became the first African American in 25 years to successfully make it through the final stage of q-school when he shot a 68 Monday to finish the week at 11 under and well inside the top 25.
“It’s been too long,” said Bramlett, who like Tiger Woods attended Stanford University, where he graduated in just under four years and recovered from two injuries to his right wrist. “To finally end that 25-year drought means the world to me, my family and everyone who’s helped me along the way.”
At one point Monday, Bramlett looked like he might not get his PGA TOUR card after back-to-back bogeys on his second and third holes on the Crooked Cat Course. He bounced back, though with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole before adding five straight birdies between Nos. 8 and 12. Bramlett added one more birdie on the 17th hole.
“I told myself I had 15 holes to get a PGA TOUR card,” Bramlett said of the early bogeys. “I’ve never had that opportunity before so I just wanted to make the most of it.”
Bramlett certainly did that, and Tiger Woods took notice, saying on his Twitter account: “Congrats to Joe Bramlett for making it through q-school. Amazing feat considering he sat out a whole year with wrist injury. Can't wait to play with him next season.”
It won’t be the first time Bramlett has played with Woods. The two played two practice rounds together at this year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and Woods hosts a collegiate even at Isleworth and has practiced with the Stanford team in the past.
“I’m not going to lie, it feels like a dream,” Bramlett said of getting his card. “It’s hard to even put into words.”
Stanford’s Joseph Bramlett is making a big move up the leaderboard. The Californian is 4 under through 13 holes and has moved from a tie for 33rd to a tie for 14th.
Bramlett’s round didn’t start out particularly auspiciously as he made bogey on the second and third holes. But he rallied with five straight birdies starting at the eighth hole and has put himself in position to earn his PGA TOUR card.
Bramlett has played in two TOUR events, both this season. He shot 79-75 and missed the cut at the U.S. Open, where he played two practice rounds with fellow Stanford alum Tiger Woods. He shot 74-71 at the Frys.com Open.