Golf roundup: Walker, Spieth tied for lead at Pebble Beach
Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth have been nowhere close to each other in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – except atop the leaderboard.
Walker played bogey-free in the wind and rain Friday at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he made a birdie on his last that he described as the best of his young career. That gave him a 4-under 67.
They were tied going into the third round, with a slight advantage to Walker.
They were one shot to par ahead of Hunter Mahan.
Walker was at 9-under 135 and heads over to Monterey Peninsula, which has played the easiest of the three courses. Spieth was at 9-under 134 and goes to Pebble Beach, which can be brutal in nasty weather. And the forecast today is not pleasant.
Along with a three-club wind on the exposed sections of all three courses, steady rain began coming down sideways toward the end of the second round. There was about a 75 percent chance for more rain Saturday.
More than looking ahead, Spieth was looking behind. He was happy to at least get Spyglass out of the way already, having opened with a 67 Thursday. That didn’t make the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula a picnic.
“Today was very difficult,” Spieth said. “We started out in the rain and wind, and we finished in rainier and windier,” he said.
Allen shoots 60, matches Champions record: Michael Allen said it wasn’t until his 15th hole that he started thinking about shooting golf’s magic number of 59.
And he promptly missed the birdie putt on the par-5 sixth hole.
But with birdies on two of his last three holes, Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 in the Allianz Championship, finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies.
The 55-year-old Allen became the ninth player in the 35-year history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course.
“The story of my career – almost,” said Allen, winless in 369 starts on the PGA Tour. “After I missed that birdie putt on No. 6, I kind of figured it wasn’t happening.”
Allen took advantage of the calm conditions on the Old Course at Broken Sound to grab a three-shot lead over Scott Dunlap. Allen played his last 15 holes in 11 under, highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th – his ninth hole of the day.
“It seemed really easy,” said Allen.
“I think it’s harder to shoot a 72 when you’re struggling than to shoot a 60 when you’re playing well.”
Allen was fortunate on the par-4 fourth hole when he chunked his approach to the green, then skulled a chip that took two bounces and fell into the hole for an unlikely birdie.
Tom Lehman, Chien Soon Lu and Wes Short Jr. shot 65. Short is attempting to become the 17th player to win in his Champions Tour debut.
Defending champion Rocco Mediate shot a 69. He won last year in his first Champions Tour start.