PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The good news for Charlie Wi is that he still has a three-shot cushion. The bad news is he has some major firepower right behind him.
It’s been a few holes since Tiger Woods has made a birdie -- he made five of them in a seven-hole stretch at one point -- but he’s still right there in a tie for second, and he has a par-5 still left to play.
Right there with Woods is Padraig Harrington, who is 3 under through nine holes at Spyglass Hill. Harrington, by the way, also leads the celebrity portion of the event with European businessman J.P. McManus as his partner.
Another shot back is two-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson. He started his round with two straight bogeys but has come back nicely at 1 under through 14 holes. Johnson will be disappointed if he didn’t take more advantage of the easiest course in the rotation, but if he wins he obviously won’t care.
Phil Mickelson isn’t totally out of it either. He’s 1 under through 5 holes on Pebble Beach and 8 under for the week, five shots back of Wi.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Brendon Todd is playing in the Humana Challenge for the first time in his young career.
But he should have come to the California desert with confidence after winning the PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament just down the road in December.
Todd shot 17 under at q-school to take a one-stroke win over Stephen Gangluff and earn his TOUR card for the second time. Q-school was played on the Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium Courses at PGA West.
Todd's playing La Quinta Country Club in the second round of the Humana Challenge on Friday and he's 3 under through 10 holes. He's moved into a tie for fifth at 9 under, which is three strokes off Ben Crane's lead.
The former University of Georgia golfer shot four 68s at Waialae last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.