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.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- There’s still a long way to go in the second round here at Pebble Beach, but Charlie Wi looks like he’s picking up right where he left off in the first round.
Wi is 2 under through his first seven holes at Pebble Beach, where he started on the back nine -- and holed out for eagle from 114 yards on his second shot on the par-4 13th for a bounce back eagle after a bogey one hole earlier. Wi then added a birdie on the par-4 15th.
Right behind Wi at 10 under on the leaderboard are Danny Lee and Dustin Johnson, both 1 under through six and five holes, respectively, at Spyglass Hill.
Three others, including Hunter Mahan, are two shots off the pace. Mahan of course finished second here last year, and he’s off to a good start this season coming into this event off a tie for sixth at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Most of the focus Thursday was on the 2012 PGA TOUR season debut of Tiger Woods, who opened with a solid but unspectacular 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill -- the toughest of the three courses in the rotation here. At the end of the day, though, Dustin Johnson, Charlie Wi and Danny Lee were the ones sitting atop the leaderboard at 9 under.
Lee and Johnson did their damage on the par-72 Pebble Beach, while Wi, who flirted with a 59 much of the day, shot a course-record 61 on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Johnson of course has some pretty strong history here with wins in 2009 (rain-shortened) and 2010. Both years he opened strong with a 64 and 65, respectively. Thursday was ahead of that thanks to a 6-under start through his first six holes.
“Today I would have liked any golf course,” Johnson said. “but I love being out here. I love the courses. They all set up very well for me.
“I feel comfortable on them, especially off the tees. All the greens out here I’m really comfortable with reading them. I think I see the putts very well.”
To that point, Johnson took just 24 putts while hitting 14 greens in regulation.
Lee and Wi putted well, too, needing just 24 and 22 putts, respectively.
The 63 by Lee, a rookie this year after spending last season on the Nationwide Tour, was the lowest of his career. But he’s had success in AT&T events before, tying for seventh in the 2009 AT&T National.
“I was struggling for a couple of years on how to make low scores, especially out here,” Lee said. “I kind of learned to play a little bit better the last four weeks. I was playing good the last four weeks; it just didn’t really happen for me.”
As for Woods. he felt he left some shots out there, but he was generally happy with his play, especially the way he drove it with 11 of 14 fairways hit.
“I didn’t give myself enough looks when I had wedges in my hand,” Woods said. “I have to do a better job of that.
“This is generally the harder of the courses. Hopefully I can get it going over there Monterey and over to Pebble. [Friday] will be an important day to put it together and make some birdies.“
Charlie Wi had already shot 61 on the PGA TOUR -- he did it at the Humana Challenge in 2009 -- but he had a shot at history on Thursday.
Wi arrived at the 16th tee at Monterey Peninsula at 9 under on the par-70 course. If he could birdie two of the last three holes, he'd become the sixth player to shoot 59 on TOUR.
Alas, Wi parred the next two holes. After parring the 500-yard par-4 16th, his birdie putt on the par-4 17th just burned the cup. He parred the 18th to finish at 61, but set the all-time tournament record in the process. The previous low at Monterey Peninsula was Jeff Maggert's 62 in 2011.
Over at Pebble Beach, rookie Danny Lee just missed a birdie putt on the par-4 ninth that would have tied the course record.
PGA TOUR rookie Danny Lee is 9 under with two holes to go at Pebble Beach, but since he teed off on the back nine, he faces two of the toughest holes on the course. After missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 sixth, lee birdied the seventh to become the first player at 9 under.
Moments later, Charlie Wi hit 9 under on the Monterey Course, which is playing just a tick easier. He needs two birdies on the last three holes -- all par-4s -- to become the sixth player in TOUR history to shoot 59.
Lee, a former U.S. Amateur champion, has missed three cuts in four starts this season.