Goy­dos shares top of the leader­board with five oth­ers at Peb­ble Beach

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

shoes.

“ They’re both black,” he said. “I was putting and I’m like, ‘ They look shinier that they nor­mally do.”’ He caught a shut­tle back to the park­ing lot, re­turned to hit a few balls then put to­gether the kind of round he had never ex­pe­ri­enced at the tough­est of the three cour­ses.

He hit a hy­brid to five feet for his first birdie ever on the sixth hole. Then came a 3-wood to the par-5 11th green, the first time he had ever reached that green in two. And he made birdie on the 325-yard 17th hole, though it was as strange as his round. He hit a ter­ri­ble lob wedge that spun off the green, then chipped in for birdie.

“It’s not a good sign when you hit the same two clubs in a row,” he said. “Un­less it’s the put­ter.”

Over at Mon­terey Penin­sula, John­son and Holmes told sim­i­lar tales. They hit the ball right where they were aim­ing un­til they had the put­ter in their hands.

“Hit ’em all good and had three or four lip out,” John­son said.

Next up for John­son and Holmes, two of the big­gest hit­ters on tour, is Spy­glass Hill.

Spy­glass again played the tough­est of three cour­ses at 71.635, fol­lowed by Peb­ble (70.92) and Mon­terey Penin­sula (68.75).

Jones, Du­val and Padraig Har­ring­ton, who had a 67 at Peb­ble Beach and was at 8-un­der 136, all head to what has proven to be the eas­i­est of three cour­ses to­day.

Mean­while, ram­pant spec­u­la­tion on Tiger Woods’ re­turn­ing to golf at the Match Play Cham­pi­onship ended qui­etly Fri­day when the PGA Tour re­leased its 64-man field mi­nus the No. 1 player.

Woods did not meet the dead­line for en­ter­ing the Match Play Cham­pi­onship next week in Ari­zona, the tour­na­ment where he made his come­back a year ago from knee surgery.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Padraig Har­ring­ton of Ire­land makes a birdie chip up to the sixth green of the Peb­ble Beach Golf Links dur­ing the sec­ond round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Na­tional Pro-Am golf tour­na­ment in Peb­ble Beach, Calif., Fri­day.

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