AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2014: Daily Leaderboard Updates and Analysis
Some of the best professional and celebrity golfers on the planet are in Pebble Beach, Calif., this February for the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The annual PGA Tour tournament spans four days and features three golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
The 156 participating pros and 156 participating amateurs will be combined into three groups of 52 two-man teams (one pro and one amateur). Each group will play a different course through the first three days, with the final round being played at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker headlines the list of pro competitors that includes names like four-time champion Phil Mickelson, two-time winner Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Hunter Mahan. Meanwhile, Tom Brady, Don Cheadle, Aaron Rodgers and Kid Rock are just some of the amateur players who will be competing.
With the tournament already underway, read on to catch up on the latest scores and leaderboard.
*Leaderboard and scoring info courtesy of PGATour.com.
Round 4 Recap
Note: Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com.
Round 4 Recap
Jimmy Walker led the field by six shots heading into Sunday's final round at Pebble Beach, and he needed all of them to win the tournament. Walker won by just a single stroke over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner, who both put together fabulous final rounds to climb into contention.
But, as the PGA Tour reminds us, it only takes one to win:
Walker's final round got off to an inauspicious start when he made bogey on No. 1. Two birdies on the front nine got him back to a comfortable lead before he melted down on the back nine with four more bogeys, including one at the famous par-3 No. 17.
However, the champ regained his composure on the final hole to win the event, and afterward he broke down the winning strategy:
Jimmy on his last putt, "I thought about going back to the basics, just keep your head down. I didn't do that on 17 but I did on 18."— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 10, 2014
When all else fails, going back to basics is a good rule of thumb, and thankfully for Walker it paid off.
Johnson's final-round 66 was the lowest score of Sunday's action, and it was nearly good enough to win him the tournament. He was striking the ball beautifully all day long, especially with his irons, as is plainly seen from this incredible highlight from No. 15:
With one eagle and seven birdies, it could have been even better, if not for three bogeys—all of which Johnson earned on par-3s.
But one round does not a tournament make. Walker was better than anyone else for four days, winning his third event of the season.
Round 3 Recap
|Pos.||Player||Total||Round 3 Score|
|1||Jimmy Walker||-13||67 (-4)|
|T2||Tim Wilkinson||-7||69 (-2)|
|T2||Hunter Mahan||-7||71 (+1)|
|4||Richard H. Lee||-6||72 (E)|
|T5||Phil Mickelson||-5||71 (-1)|
|T5||Blake Adams||-5||72 (E)|
|T5||Kevin Na||-5||71 (-1)|
|T5||Ryan Palmer||-5||72 (E)|
|T5||Pat Perez||-5||71 (-1)|
|T5||Jim Renner||-5||72 (E)|
A two-hour weather delay didn't shake Jimmy Walker. He continued his dominance on Saturday. After a four-under 67, Walker holds a commanding six-stroke lead heading into the final round. Play was ultimately suspended due to darkness. Perhaps it was Walker who shot the lights out.
PGA.com's Twitter account discusses Walker's wind resilience.
Here are highlights of the day's action.
Barring a complete collapse in the final round. Walker should coast to a tournament win. It would be his third of the young season. Talk about a hot start. CBS Sports' Kyle Porter does just that:
Last season one golfer had more than two PGA Tour wins (Tiger). As of tomorrow Jimmy Walker will have three this season. It's Feb. 8.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) February 9, 2014
If Walker does hold on to win, one can only hope he's ready to handle the type of expectations Tiger Woods endures on every outing. Yahoo! Sports' Shane Bacon is already readying the major championship hype.
So ... Jimmy Walker is our PGA Championship winner, right?— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) February 9, 2014
After two rounds, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Jordan Spieth was tied with Walker at the top of the leaderboard. After a disastrous five-over 77, Spieth fell woefully out of contention.
Walker shook off his first and only bogey of the tournament thus far en route to his big lead. Walker added five birdies to run his three-round total to 14.
Round 2 Recap
|Pos.||Player||Total||Round 2 Score|
|T1||Jimmy Walker||-9||69 (-3)|
|T1||Jordan Spieth||-9||67 (-4)|
|3||Hunter Mahan||-8||68 (-4)|
|4||Andrew Loupe||-7||73 (+1)|
|5||Richard H. Lee||-6||72 (E)|
|T6||Daniel Summerhays||-5||69 (-3)|
|T6||Robert Garrigus||-5||71 (-1)|
|T6||Ryan Palmer||-5||66 (-5)|
|T6||Dudley Hart||-5||68 (-4)|
|T6||Jim Renner||-5||73 (+1)|
Round 2 Recap
Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth each had the hot hand on Friday, Feb. 7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Walker shot a three-under 69 at Spyglass Hill and Spieth, playing at Monterey Peninsula, shot a 67 for the second consecutive day to grab a share of the lead heading into the weekend.
Jimmy Walker posts 69 at Spyglass and sets the bar at 9-under par. He's bogey free through 36 holes at @ATTproam.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 7, 2014
Spieth was able to overcome two costly bogeys by birdieing three of the four par-5s. Not to mention he concluded the round with an awfully impressive birdie on the par-3 No. 9.
Jordan Spieth calls birdie on 9 one of the best of his life. Hit a hybrid into 35mph winds on approach, after using a six iron in practice.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 8, 2014
Unsurprisingly, the windy conditions made for challenging courses throughout the day, per PGA Tour on Twitter:
Tough stuff. All three courses are playing over par today, but Pebble Beach is the hardest at +2.088 shots over par currently. #attproam— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 8, 2014
Hunter Mahan, who, like Walker, started on the back nine at Spyglass Hill, was also on top of his game in Round 2, following up a four-under performance on Day 1 with another on Friday. A bogey on No. 6 and a missed opportunity for a birdie on No. 7 would cost him a shot at the lead late in the round.
Four-time champion Phil Mickelson struggled early on Day 2, recording a double bogey on No. 2 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and wrapping up his round with a bogey on No. 18. Lefty's one-over 73 has him five shots off the lead heading into Saturday's third round.
Despite his struggles with the putter, Lefty had his fair share of bright moments in Round 2, per PGA Tour on Twitter:
Like Mickelson, Andrew Loupe found Pebble Beach Golf Links quite challenging on Day 2.
After playing a remarkable round on Thursday, the relative unknown fell back down to earth 24 hours later, matching Mickelson with a one-over 73 that included just two birdies to fall two shots back of the lead.
Round 1 Recap (Play Suspended)
|T2||Richard H. Lee||-6||F|
Round 1 Recap
Andrew Loupe is the leader at Pebble Beach after play was suspended twice on Day 1. The 25-year-old Baton Rouge native traded pars for birdies throughout the round, but fared well enough to overtake some more experienced players at the top of the leaderboard.
Rookie Andrew Loupe's card since the 6th hole: birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie. @ATTproam leader at -7.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 7, 2014
As ESPN Stats & Info points out, Loupe's strong outing on Thursday, Feb. 6 has him in position to reach uncharted territory:
Andrew Loupe has the lead after 18 holes at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; before this week, he'd missed cut in all 6 @PGATOUR events.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2014
Loupe and the rest of the field were tested early by Mother Nature when play was suspended for a couple of hours because of rain. The weather forced officials to pause the action just 39 minutes after the first group teed off, but thankfully, clear skies returned in the early afternoon.
As a result of the extended break in play, Round 1 was suspended because of darkness shortly before 6 p.m. local time. Those players who were unable to finish will have to wrap up their rounds on Day 2 before transitioning to a new course for the second round.
Behind Loupe, it's a logjam with 14 players within three shots of the lead.
Sweden's Daniel Chopra is one player who will be wondering what could have been in Round 1. He got off to an impressive start at Monterey Peninsula, birdieing six of his first seven holes to take an early lead. However, he would struggle mightily after making the transition to the front nine, where he bogeyed three of his first four holes.
Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for Chopra, the wheels fell off on No. 8—he recorded a triple bogey to fall seven shots off the pace.
Phil Mickelson didn't finish his first round before darkness set in, but he was able to avoid making any critical errors in Round 1 and also took advantage of the par-5s. Thanks to his smooth start, "Lefty" is in excellent position to challenge for another Pebble Beach title, according to ESPN senior researcher Justin Ray:
Phil Mickelson: -5 through 15 holes. The 3 times he's shot 66 or better in 1st round here, he went on to win.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) February 7, 2014
Two-time champion Dustin Johnson would birdie four of five holes toward the middle of his round, but he would close the day with seven consecutive pars to finish the first round four shots off the lead.
Given the fact that both men have combined to win this event six times since 1998, they've got to be encouraged by their strong starts.