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