Charlie Wi, the 54-hole leader, got off to a horrible start. He just four-putted from 35-1/2 feet for a double bogey on the first hole at Pebble Beach.
Fifteen minutes earlier, Wi started his round with a three-shot lead. Now it’s one shot over playing partner Ken Duke.
It was Wi’s first double bogey of the week. He had bogey-free rounds at Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula but suffered four bogeys (against five birdies and an eagle) in his earlier round at Pebble Beach this week.
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.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Five birdies over the last seven holes. That’s what Tiger Woods has done to get within three of Charlie Wi’s shrinking lead. Wi actually saw his lead cut to two briefly before a birdie on No. 12 at Spyglass Hill to move to 14 under.
It’s not so much that Wi has played poorly -- he has two birdies and no bogeys on the most difficult course on the property -- it’s just that Woods has been borderline spectacular. Woods is 5 under through 11 holes at Pebble Beach, where he’s putted the ball very well with just 15 putts so far.
Woods isn’t the only playing well, though. Padraig Harrington, who needs to win if he has any hope of qualifying for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks, is 3 under through his first seven holes at Spyglass Hill. That has him tied for second with Woods and Joseph Bramlett.
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.
Charlie Wi addressed the media following his second round at Pebble Beach.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It took seen years and turning 40, but Charlie Wi has more self-belief in himself than ever has, and it’s showing in his play at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Wi, who has never won in 162 career starts on the PGA TOUR, shot a 2-under 69 Friday at Pebble Beach, moving him to 12 under and a three-shot lead heading into the weekend.
“I know I’ve got a good swing, and I’m a good putter, but I’ve always doubted myself a lot,” Wi said. “When things don’t go well, I always got down on myself very easy. I feel like I’m getting over that hump.”
He certainly has here. Through two rounds, Wi is tied for first in fairways hit having missed just two so far. He’s also third in the field in putting.
It didn’t hurt that he didn’t need the putter on the par-4 13th, where he holed out for eagle with a wedge from 114 yards.
For Wi, who had missed two of three cuts this season, it all comes down to confidence however. That’s why he sought out a sport psychologist.
Still, it comes down to Wi executing the shots.
“They can tell you if you don’t believe in yourself, doesn’t matter what they say to you, you have to do it yourself,” Wi said. “I’ve come to the conclusion I still doubt myself. But I feel like I am really comfortable with my golf swing.
“Before I always that that a little bit. Meaning I was trying to make it look so pretty on camera, where I was constantly working on golf swings during tournaments. I was almost throwing tournaments away because I was working on my golf swing.”
Wi isn’t sure how he got to this point, but he feels like he is moving in the right direction now.
“The next two days are going to be very tough because there are going to be a lot of demons and doubts,” Wi said. “But those are the challenges I’m looking forward to to see how I handle myself.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- On a day that started out pristine and ended in a hail of drizzle and chilly temperatures, Charlie Wi shot a 3-under 69 on Pebble Beach to get to 12 under and into the leading heading into the weekend at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, was unable to take advantage of the easiest course on the property, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, with just a 2-under 68. That leaves him at 6 under through two rounds.
Unlike the opening round, when Woods needed just 29 putts, he took 33 of them on Friday.
Wi had no such difficulty. He took 29 putts, though he had a wild round with five birdies, an eagle from the fairway and four bogeys.
Three shots behind Wi is Dustin Johnson, a winner here in 2009 and 2010. He shot an even-par 72 on Spyglass Hill Friday.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- There hasn’t been a lot of movement atop the leaderboard so far here in the second round -- all of the names that were up there overnight are still at or near the lead now.
Charlie Wi has moved to the top of the leaderboard by himself a couple of times so far, and that’s where he is now after playing his first nine holes at Pebble Beach in 2 under to get to 11 under for the tournament and one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson and now Kevin Na.
Na has played his first nine holes at Monterey Peninsula in 4 under and has the day’s best score among the leaders so far. Danny Lee, meanwhile is 9 under after playing his first nine holes at Spyglass Hill in even par.
Also at 9 under is Ken Duke, who had the shot of the day from Thursday . Hunter Mahan and Brian Gay are another shot back from that.