Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2017

Round 4 - Jordan Spieth coasts to victory

February 13, 2017

Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy.

All that was missing from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights.

That's just how Spieth wanted it.

Staked to a six-shot lead, Spieth never gave anyone much of a chance by putting for birdie on all but one hole. The lone highlight was his 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, and by then it was already over.

''Played a lot of boring golf today,'' Spieth said, ''which was exactly what we needed.''

He closed with a 2-under 70 for a four-shot victory over former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, a close friend from Dallas who couldn't get a putt to fall that might have put a little pressure on Spieth.

As easy and clinical as Spieth made it look, it was no less special.

''This is a bucket-list place to win - here, Augusta National, St. Andrews, there's only a few in the world. It feels really special. It was amazing walking up the 18th green knowing that we were going to win. It's just such a unique position. I tried to soak in.''

It was his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the Masters, where he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine. On this day, Spieth thought back to the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the way Tiger Woods closed out his record 15-shot victory by trying not to drop a shot in the final round. Woods didn't make a bogey over the final 26 holes in severe conditions. On a course saturated by rain, Spieth played the final 28 holes without a bogey. His longest par putt Sunday was 5 feet.

''That's a dream round when you're leading by a bunch,'' Spieth said.

The 23-year-old Texan won for the ninth time in his PGA Tour and became the first player since Woods with that many victories before turning 24. Woods won 15 times. Equally impressive is that Spieth won for the fifth time by at least three shots.

''He didn't have his best stuff, but he did exactly what he was supposed to do and played a great round of golf,'' said Brandt Snedeker, a two-time Pebble winner who played in the final group with Spieth and shot 70 to finish fourth. ''Sometimes those are the hardest rounds of golf, when you have the lead that he had. It was fun to watch him do his thing out there.''

Kraft, who closed with a 67, settled for a couple of consolation prizes. The $777,600 for second place was nearly double his earnings from his rookie season last year. He also earned a spot at Riviera next week in the Genesis Open.

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson closed with a 68 to finish alone in third, enough to have a chance to reach No. 1 next week if he were to win.

Spieth's only other birdie was on the par-5 second when he two-putted from 12 feet.

One day after he took only 23 putts on the bumpy greens of Pebble Beach, he didn't make hard anything, and didn't look to be trying to make them from above the hole to avoid putting himself in a position to drop shots.

No one could put any pressure on him over the opening seven holes, which is where rallies begin at Pebble Beach.

If there was a key shot for Spieth, it came on the eighth hole. He tugged his tee shot into the wet rough to the left, facing a 210-yard shot over the ocean and into the breeze to one of the toughest greens at Pebble. It came out perfectly, 20 feet from the cup for another routine par.

''I was very, very excited once that ball landed on the green,'' Spieth said. ''That was really avoiding a big number there. That could have been a double or triple very, very easily, if that doesn't come out the right way. So that was the shot of the day for me.''

Spieth became the seventh straight PGA Tour winner in his 20s, and he got back into the hunt for No. 1. He had fallen far enough behind that even by beating a strong field at Pebble Beach, it will not move him from No. 6.

Jason Day, the world No. 1, bounced back from his 75 on Saturday with a 67 to tie for fifth with Gary Woodland (65) and Torrey Pines winner Jon Rahm (68).

Spieth has four top 10s in his four starts this year and already appears to be peaking as the Masters gets closer. He has shot under par in all 16 rounds he has played this year, 17 in a row dating to the Tour Championship last fall.

The only disappointment for Spieth was not winning the pro-am with country singer Jake Owen. They tied for third, four shots behind Ken Duke and Carson Daly.

Round 3 - Jordan Spieth surges six clear

February 12, 2017

Jordan Spieth fired eight birdies in a seven-under par 65 to seize a six-shot lead after three rounds of the weather-disrupted US PGA Tour Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Spieth, in a three-way tie for the lead with world number one Jason Day and Derek Fathauer when the second round concluded early Saturday, pulled inexorably away with a sparkling effort at Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of three courses in use over the first three rounds of the tournament.

The two-time major champion, seeking his first PGA title of 2017, opened with back to back birdies. His only bogey of the round, at the eighth, was followed by three birdies in a row at the ninth, 10th and 11th.

Having picked up another shot at 15, he rolled in a 16-footer for birdie at the par-three 17th, and left himself inches for a birdie at 18.

"I couldn't have asked for a better putting day, with greens that are poa annua and have a lot of traffic because they have been so soft with this weather, it's very difficult even to make a putt from four feet," said Spieth, whose 17-under par total of 198 put him six in front of American Brandt Snedeker, who carded a five-under 67 at Pebble Beach.

It was a further stroke back to two-time winner Dustin Johnson and unheralded Kelly Kraft, Americans who posted 65s for 205.

World number one Day made a disastrous start to the third round with three bogeys and a double bogey in his first six holes at Pebble Beach.

He finished on a stronger note with three of his five birdies in his last four holes -- but not before his card was marred by another double bogey at his 14th hole of the day, Pebble's par-three fifth.

Day signed for a three-over 75 that left him 10 off the pace.

"It was kind of a tough one for me out there," Day said. "It was just a mistake after mistake on the front side for me and unfortunately, that's sometimes how it goes. To be honest, I just kept on making silly errors and mistakes out there.

"But, you know what, I think with how I played on the back side, I feel good about going into tomorrow and trying to build momentum for next week's tournament."

Spieth said his most satisfying putt of the day wasn't even for birdie, but to save par at the 12th.

"I knew what the putt was doing, but it's one of those kind of left-to-right that you've got to go outside the hole and you don't really want to ... and I trusted the line and it went right in the dead center."

Despite Spieth's big cushion, Snedeker -- a two-time winner at Pebble Beach -- thought he could put challenge him on Sunday.

"The front nine will be huge tomorrow, the first seven holes, I've got to go out there and make some birdies and put some pressure on him," he said. "If you don't get the first seven holes at Pebble, you're going to have a long day, so I know what I have to do."

Round 2 - Jordan Spieth leads as weather hits again

February 11, 2017

Jordan Spieth delivered a putting masterclass on the way to setting the clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday before second-round play was suspended due to thick fog on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

The world number six fired a seven-under-par 65 at Spyglass Hill, one of three venues being used for this week's PGA Tour event, to post a 10-under total of 133 before play was halted with only 33 players back in the clubhouse.

Derek Fathauer was also at 10 under but had one hole to play at Pebble Beach while Australian world number one Jason Day was at nine-under with six holes remaining at Spyglass Hill.

Organizers were trying to get the tournament back on track after the opening round, which suspended on Thursday because of heavy rain, was finally completed mid-morning on Friday.

However, fog then delayed the scheduled start of round two before later forcing play to be suspended for the day at 4:21 p.m. PST (2121 GMT). The second round is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with sunny weather forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Round 1 - Wind and rain cut short play

February 10, 2017

Former world number one Jordan Spieth was one off the pace with two holes to play Thursday when first-round play was suspended in the weather-whipped Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Eighty-one players had yet to complete the opening round when play was halted for the day on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula courses.

The wind was whipping at Pebble Beach and heavy, steady rain had rendered all three courses unplayable.

South Korea's Noh Seung-Yul and Americans Joel Dahmen and Rick Lamb all made it into the clubhouse on four-under par.

Noh -- seeking a second USPGA Tour title to go with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans crown he captured in 2014 -- had the only bogey-free round of the day.

He carded a 68 at Spyglass Hill, as did Lamb and Dahmen.

Spieth was three-under through 16 holes at Monterey Peninsula, where had notched five birdies and two bogeys.

Players will return to complete their rounds on Friday morning, with the start of the second round to follow.

When play was suspended, the more sheltered Spyglass had the lowest scoring average at 1.24 strokes over par, followed by Monterey Peninsula (1.84) and Pebble Beach (2.46).

Australia's world number one Jason Day put together a two-under par 69 at Monterey Peninsula that included four birdies and two bogeys.

With tee times moved up an hour in a bid to avoid the worst of the weather, Day said his group played only four holes in the rain.

However, he said, "the wind was pretty stiff".

"I think the hardest part about today was to commit to a shot," Day said of the difficulties posed by the weather.

"Commitment was huge."

Scores

1 USA Jordan Spieth -19 - 68 65 65 70 268
2 USA Kelly Kraft -15 - 69 70 66 67 272
3 USA Dustin Johnson -14 - 70 69 66 68 273
4 USA Brandt Snedeker -13 - 68 69 67 70 274
T5 USA Gary Woodland -12 - 70 73 67 65 275
T5 AUS Jason Day -12 - 69 64 75 67 275
T5 ESP Jon Rahm -12 - 73 67 67 68 275
T8 USA Rob Oppenheim -9 - 69 69 68 72 278
T8 KOR Seung-Yul Noh -9 - 68 71 69 70 278
T10 AUS Cameron Percy -8 - 73 - 71 69 213
T10 USA Kevin Kisner -8 - 72 67 71 69 279
T10 CAN Mackenzie Hughes -8 - 70 70 68 71 279
T10 CAN Nick Taylor -8 - 70 70 68 71 279
T14 AUS Geoff Ogilvy -7 - 71 70 66 73 280
T14 USA Kevin Streelman -7 - - 70 67 69 206
T14 USA Martin Flores -7 - 70 68 72 70 280
T14 USA Nick Watney -7 - 70 71 69 70 280
T14 USA Pat Perez -7 - 73 64 74 69 280
T14 USA Scott Stallings -7 - 72 70 65 73 280
T14 IRL Shane Lowry -7 - 70 68 72 70 280
T14 USA Trey Mullinax -7 - 73 69 68 70 280
T14 USA Will MacKenzie -7 - 70 68 74 68 280
T23 USA Derek Fathauer -6 - 70 64 73 74 281
T23 USA J. B. Holmes -6 - 70 75 69 67 281
T23 USA Jason Kokrak -6 - 77 68 69 67 281
T23 USA Ken Duke -6 - 73 70 69 69 281
T23 ENG Luke Donald -6 - 75 - 65 72 212
T23 AUS Matt Jones -6 - 72 67 71 71 281
T23 USA Patrick Reed -6 - 71 66 74 70 281
T23 USA Robert Garrigus -6 - 69 71 70 71 281
T23 USA Steve Stricker -6 - 72 70 70 69 281
T23 USA Tony Finau -6 - 71 68 72 70 281
T33 USA Andres Gonzales -5 - 73 - 72 68 213
T33 CAN Brad Fritsch -5 - 74 68 69 71 282
T33 USA Brandon Hagy -5 - 72 69 72 70 283
T33 AUS Brett Drewitt -5 - 71 74 69 68 282
T33 ARG Julian Etulain -5 - 75 68 70 69 282
T33 USA Tag Ridings -5 - 72 - 74 68 214
T39 CAN Adam Hadwin -4 - 73 69 68 73 283
T39 GER Alex Cejka -4 - 72 66 74 71 283
T39 USA Chris Kirk -4 - 70 73 67 73 283
T39 USA D. A. Points -4 - 72 73 69 69 283
T39 SWE Henrik Norlander -4 - 76 71 65 71 283
T39 GBR Justin Rose -4 - 72 70 68 73 283
T39 IRL Seamus Power -4 - 70 70 72 71 283
T39 NZL Tim Wilkinson -4 - 69 70 74 70 283
T39 USA Tom Hoge -4 - 72 71 71 69 283
T48 USA Joel Dahmen -3 - 68 72 72 72 284
T48 USA Kevin Chappell -3 - 73 67 67 77 284
T48 USA Kevin Tway -3 - 70 69 74 71 284
T48 USA Patrick Cantlay -3 - 70 71 71 72 284
T48 USA Ricky Barnes -3 - 71 68 73 72 284
T48 RSA Rory Sabbatini -3 - 74 68 72 70 284
T48 USA Zac Blair -3 - 70 75 68 71 284
T55 USA Jimmy Walker -2 - 72 69 72 72 285
T55 USA Scott Piercy -2 - 73 68 73 71 285
T55 USA Stewart Cink -2 - 70 70 73 72 285
T58 USA James Hahn -1 - 73 67 71 74 285
T58 SWE Jonas Blixt -1 - 75 66 73 72 286
T58 USA Richy Werenski -1 - 72 74 68 72 286
T58 USA Scott Brown -1 - 70 71 71 74 286
T62 USA Mark Hubbard Par - 69 70 75 73 287
T62 USA Rick Lamb Par - 68 70 74 75 287
T62 USA Scott Langley Par - 73 70 71 73 287
65 USA Phil Mickelson 1 - 70 72 69 77 288
MDF USA Brian Gay -1 - 70 - 72 - 142
MDF USA J. T. Poston -1 - - 74 67 - 141
MDF USA Jim Furyk -1 - 70 74 71 - 215
MDF SCO Martin Laird -1 - 71 73 71 - 215
MDF USA Rich Berberian Jr -1 - 73 72 70 - 215
MDF USA Robert Streb -1 - 70 76 69 - 215
MDF USA Ryan Brehm -1 - 74 71 70 - 215
MDF USA Sean O'Hair -1 - 76 - 69 - 145
MDF USA Steve Marino -1 - 74 71 70 - 215
MDF USA Tyler Aldridge -1 - 76 68 71 - 215
MDF USA William McGirt -1 - 73 - 71 - 144
MDF USA Xander Schauffele -1 - 74 69 72 - 215
CUT USA Beau Hossler Par - 74 72 70 - 216
CUT USA Chad Collins Par - 72 70 74 - 216
CUT USA Chez Reavie Par - 75 71 70 - 216
CUT USA Chris Stroud Par - 76 69 71 - 216
CUT ENG Greg Owen Par - 74 69 73 - 216
CUT USA J. J. Spaun Par - 76 68 72 - 216
CUT AUS John Senden Par - 73 73 70 - 216
CUT USA Sam Saunders Par - 69 - 72 - 141
CUT AUS Stuart Appleby Par - 74 71 71 - 216
CUT KOR Sung-Hoon Kang Par - 76 75 65 - 216
CUT USA Webb Simpson Par - 71 72 73 - 216
CUT USA Ben Martin 1 - 72 - 74 - 146
CUT AUS Cameron Smith 1 - 79 69 69 - 217
CUT CAN David Hearn 1 - 77 67 73 - 217
CUT USA Mark Anderson 1 - 73 70 74 - 217
CUT USA Matt Kuchar 1 - 74 69 74 - 217
CUT KOR Meen-Whee Kim 1 - 76 - 70 - 146
CUT USA Michael Putnam 1 - 76 73 68 - 217
CUT USA Michael Thompson 1 - 73 70 74 - 217
CUT USA Morgan Hoffmann 1 - 74 70 73 - 217
CUT NZL Steve Alker 1 - 77 67 73 - 217
CUT USA Troy Merritt 1 - 70 73 74 - 217
CUT USA Bob Estes 2 - 73 73 72 - 218
CUT USA Bryce Molder 2 - 75 71 72 - 218
CUT USA Cameron Tringale 2 - 74 71 73 - 218
CUT USA Charley Hoffman 2 - 75 70 73 - 218
CUT USA Daniel Summerhays 2 - 76 74 68 - 218
CUT JPN Hiroshi Iwata 2 - 72 72 74 - 218
CUT USA Hunter Mahan 2 - 72 73 73 - 218
CUT - K. J. Choi 2 - 74 71 73 - 218
CUT IRL Padraig Harrington 2 - 74 72 72 - 218
CUT USA Roberto Castro 2 - 75 69 74 - 218
CUT RSA Tyrone van Aswegen 2 - 71 70 77 - 218
CUT USA Brian Stuard 3 - 77 74 68 - 219
CUT USA Bryson DeChambeau 3 - - 71 73 - 144
CUT USA David Duval 3 - 73 71 75 - 219
CUT ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 3 - 73 74 72 - 219
CUT USA Ryan Armour 3 - 77 - 70 - 147
CUT USA Ryan Blaum 3 - 76 - 75 - 151
CUT USA Ryan Palmer 3 - 75 70 74 - 219
CUT USA Vaughn Taylor 3 - 73 74 72 - 219
CUT USA Bobby Wyatt 4 - 72 73 75 - 220
CUT TPE Cheng Tsung Pan 4 - 77 73 70 - 220
CUT USA Cody Gribble 4 - 73 73 74 - 220
CUT USA Grayson Murray 4 - - 73 74 - 147
CUT AUS Greg Chalmers 4 - 75 71 74 - 220
CUT USA Jim Herman 4 - 75 74 71 - 220
CUT CAN Mike Weir 4 - 74 73 73 - 220
CUT USA Brendon Todd 5 - 77 72 72 - 221
CUT USA Dominic Bozzelli 5 - - 74 73 - 147
CUT USA Jason Bohn 5 - 74 71 76 - 221
CUT USA Nicholas Lindheim 5 - - 70 76 - 146
CUT COL Sebastian Munoz 5 - - 75 72 - 147
CUT USA Billy Hurley III 6 - 72 73 77 - 222
CUT USA Nicholas Thompson 6 - 77 67 78 - 222
CUT USA Peter Malnati 6 - 72 73 77 - 222
CUT ENG Andrew Johnston 7 - 78 68 77 - 223
CUT ZIM Brendon de Jonge 7 - 78 72 73 - 223
CUT - Brett Coletta 7 - 77 73 73 - 223
CUT USA Jerry Kelly 7 - 78 68 77 - 223
CUT USA Smylie Kaufman 7 - 79 72 72 - 223
CUT USA Max Homa 8 - 74 76 74 - 224
CUT USA Spencer Levin 8 - 74 76 74 - 224
CUT USA Zack Sucher 8 - 74 76 74 - 224
CUT USA Andrew Loupe 9 - 80 73 72 - 225
CUT USA Matthew Every 9 - 72 79 74 - 225
CUT ARG Miguel Carballo 9 - 78 74 73 - 225
CUT AUS Rod Pampling 9 - 74 76 75 - 225
CUT USA Brett Stegmaier 10 - 80 74 72 - 226
CUT USA Jonathan Randolph 10 - 79 74 73 - 226
CUT - Neal Lancaster 10 - 77 75 74 - 226
CUT KOR Si-Woo Kim 11 - 78 72 77 - 227
CUT AUS Steven Bowditch 12 - 76 72 80 - 228
CUT FIJ Vijay Singh 13 - 78 78 73 - 229
CUT USA Brian Campbell 15 - 80 - 77 - 157
CUT - Ray Otis 15 - 78 - 77 - 155
RET NZL Danny Lee -19 - - - - - 0
RET USA J. J. Henry 12 - 84 - - - 84
RET USA Steve Wheatcroft 7 - 75 76 - - 151