PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The final group has six holes remaining, and the race has tightened considerably at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Steve Marino just missed the green at the par-3 12th hole, chipped on and missed a 21-footer for par to drop back into a three-way tie for the lead at 12 under. Also in that group at D.A. Points and Hunter Mahan, who is 5 under through 15 holes.
Bryce Molder and Jimmy Walker are one stroke behind while Alex Cejka and Tom Gillis are tied at 10 under. Of the top seven players on the leaderboard only Mahan has won a PGA TOUR event.
The leader in the clubhouse is Nick Watney, who shot 67 on Sunday to finish at 9 under. If there is a playoff, the holes would be Nos. 18, 17 and 18.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Steve Marino regained sole possession of the lead when he tapped in from 11 inches at the par-5 sixth hole.
But six players stand within three strokes of his lead, including Jimmy Walker, who is at 12 under and D.A. Points, Hunter Mahan and Alex Cejka , who are another stroke back. Points is playing with comedian Bill Murray and the two are tied for the lead in the pro-am portion of the event.
Phil Mickelson, the three-time champ at Pebble Beach, has just birdied No. 11 to move to 10 under along with Bryce Molder. Molder had a chance to win last year’s tournament until he made a 9 at the 14th hole on Sunday. – Helen Ross
A year ago, Bryce Molder was in contention at Pebble Beach -- until the much-talked about 14th hole, which he made a 9 on on his way to a final-round 76.
“All you can do is laugh,” said Molder, who shot a 68 at Spyglass Hill Saturday to move into a tie for second and within one of the lead with one round to play. “I remember on that hole last year, after I made a big number, the biggest thought going through my head is, it's not going to be very fun walking into the locker room at Whisper Rock, because they are not going to hold back.”
This time, though, it will be “different,” Molder says.
“The weather is so good that I still think that you're going to have to make some birdies,” said Molder, who has 15 birdies on the week and is second in the field in putting and eighth in driving accuracy.
“It will be interesting to see how ‑‑ because I played it on Thursday, how it is now, another three or four days without rain,” Molder continued. “It will be interesting to see if people are able to make a run and if you do, it's going to be early on, because you get around to 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, there's not going to be very much chances in that stretch.”
Molder, one of the many players in contention trying to win for the first time in his career on the PGA TOUR, just hopes he’s one of those to go on a run. But Molder hopes being in a somewhat familiar position that is in some ways unfamiliar won’t affect him.
“I think it could affect [some players] a lot, but you know, me personally, it can't really change what I do,” Molder said. “Unfortunately in golf, you can't play defense on any of the guys, but fortunately in golf, you don't have to. So I can just kind of do what ‑‑ cliché, I'm going to do what I can do.” -- Brian Wacker
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Saturday was a day of survival for Steve Marino.
The good news is that he’s still leading the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. His four-shot lead, though, has dwindled to one over Jimmy Walker and Bryce Molder and two over D.A. Points.
Marino, who like his nearest competitors is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, shot a 1-over 71 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which is generally regarded as the easiest in the three in the rotation.
Marino started on the back nine and set the tone for the day, unfortunately, with two bogeys in his first three holes. He turned in 1 over but got back to even with a birdie at the second hole.
That burst of momentum was short-lived, though. The last five holes were a roller-coaster ride as Marino closed with an eagle, three bogeys and one par.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jimmy Walker has just finished off a career-low round of 63 at Monterey Peninsula County Club which ties for the low round of the tournament there.
His bogey-free round has moved Walker into a tie for second with Bryce Molder at 11 under. Molder has seven holes remaining at Spyglass Hill.
Meanwhile, Steve Marino, who is also playing at Monterey Peninsula, has recovered from a shaky start and is even through 12 holes. He owns the lead at 13 under.
Walker is one of many players at the top of the leaderboard still seeking their first PGA TOUR victories. His best is a tie for third at last year’s Valero Texas Open.
The former Nationwide Tour Player of the Year finished solo fourth in his 2011 opener at the Sony Open in Hawaii. – Helen Ross
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has tightened up considerably on a spectacular and sunny day on the Monterey Peninsula.
Steve Marino has bogeyed two of his first three holes while D.A. Points has made birdies in Nos. 1 and 2 at Pebble Beach so they are tied at 11 under.
Points, who is playing with comedian Bill Murray, made an 18-footer at No. 1 and two-putted from 33 feet on the par-5 second. Marino is playing Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which is generally regarded as the easiest of the three venues.
Bryce Molder, who started on the back nine at Spyglass Hill, had closed to within a shot after a birdie and eagle on his first two holes but he has just made a double bogey at No. 13. So now he’s tied for third with Jimmy Walker, Alex Cejka, Bill Lunde, J.J. Henry and Keegan Bradley at 8 under.
Bryce Molder has the flu and withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open after playing four holes on the South Course on Thursday. Since he started the first round, Molder was not replaced in the field.
Make that two in a row for Zach Johnson.
The veteran just took sole possession of the lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a 22-footer at the 13th hole. It was his second straight birdie and third since he made the turn.
Johnson is now 20 under and one stroke ahead of Brian Davis. Bryce Molder is two strokes behind.
Jeff Overton just joined the logjam at 18 under when he holed a bunker shot for birdie at the 12th hole.
Overton, who turned 27 on Friday, has made five birdies and dropped just one shot to par in the final round. He’s been runner-up twice in his last four events, including last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Overton is tied with Zach Johnson and Bryce Molder, one stroke behind Brian Davis. He’s looking for his first TOUR victory.