Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Rodgers sinks birdie putt on 18th hole at Pebble Beach Pro

Rodgers sinks birdie putt on 18th hole at Pebble Beach Pro

"It's one of those courses where you can get caught up in looking at some of the views and lose focus, so you gotta remember that you're still playing a tournament".

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"I think that once I get to Augusta, one excuse I won't have is not being prepared and being under-golfed, and I'll have played a lot of tournament golf leading up to it", he said. The wind was a little bit tricky, and I just got on the wrong side of holes (on my bogeys). It was a fantastic day of golf in Carmel, and here are five takeaways I had from the penultimate round of the 2018 edition of this tournament. Par: 72); Monterey Peninsula (Yardage: 6,958.

"It's fun to be in the mix, to go over to Pebble Beach now and play two rounds on the weekend knowing I have a chance and being in the thick of it", Mickelson said.

"I was maybe tied for the lead with nine holes to go in Abu Dhabi and Tommy (Fleetwood) played an unbelievable back nine", he recalled. "I hit a number of fairways and was able to make a lot of birdies".

They were at 14-under 201, and with more wind in the forecast - compared with virtually none earlier in the week - this could have plenty of possibilities.

Johnson has won the AT&T twice, in 2009 and '10. Pebble Beach hasn't had a playoff since 2008, when Steve Lowery defeated Singh.

"Any time you shoot a 5-under par round, you should be happy with it", Rahm, who tied for fifth at the event a year ago, told the Golf Channel. "But if I keep playing like I am and how I should, I'll be there at the end of the year". "I don't know if it's quite as good as it was during that stretch", he said. Phil Mickelson fired a 65 that puts him three shots back.

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Lowry plays his approach to the first at Pebble Beach.

McIlroy's opening round 68 at Spyglass Hill had put him into a nice challenging position only for his second round travails at Monterrey Peninsula - signing for a 74 - to undo that initial good work.

Mickelson was encouraged after his round, which featured six birdies and no bogeys. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he was 2-over thru seven holes but played his final 11 holes in 4-under, highlighted by a trip-birdie finish. No matter. He still managed a 72 and missed the cut by two shots.

The eagle attempt ran six feet long, before another miss on the birdie shot. He also squandered a three-shot lead in the 2010 U.S. Open with an 82 in the final round. That led to his third bogey on the back nine, and suddenly he had company.

He's 47 now, searching for his first PGA Tour victory since July 2013. He missed all of 2015 with a severe ankle injury from stepping off a curb, and he worked his way back to the big leagues a year ago. "I feel like there's nothing in my way, there's nothing stopping me from playing a pretty full schedule".

Gretzky won't be around to see if the father of his two grandsons can win for a third time at Pebble.

Despite the venue's fame, the event had been mostly ignored by the world's elite in recent years but it has regained its attraction with the top players embracing the pro-am format.

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