Looking to make his first cut of the wraparound season and earn the first PGA Tour win of his career, Andrew Loupe began Friday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a 63 in his back pocket and a two-shot lead.
After touring Pebble Beach in 1 over, Loupe has slipped to T-3 and ceded the top spot on the leaderboard to Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth.
Walker, a two-time PGA Tour winner this season shot 69 at Spyglass Hill – while Spieth, looking for his first win since last year’s John Deere Classic, shot 67 at Monterey Peninsula-South.
Twenty-eight players are within five shots of the lead heading into an unorthodox “moving day” on Tour.
Recap Friday’s highlights right here – and scroll down for earlier coverage.
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Update No. 28: 8:23 p.m. EST
Let’s check in again on the players here this week from the top 35 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:
- 6. Jason Day: T-107, 2 over after a 77 (Pebble Beach)
- 14. Phil Mickelson: T-17, 4 under after a 73 (PB)
- 15. Jim Furyk: T-29, 3 under after a 70 (Monterey Peninsula-South)
- 17. Hunter Mahan: Third, 8 under after a 68 (Spyglass Hill)
- 21. Jordan Spieth: T-1, 9 under after a 67 (MP)
- 22. Charley Hoffman: T-147, 8 over after a 78 (Pebble Beach)
- 23. Chris Kirk: T-17, 4 under after a 68 (MP)
- 26. Brendon Todd: T-6, 5 under after a 68 (MP)
- 28. K.J. Choi: T-81, even after a 75 (SH)
- 30. Dustin Johnson: T-43, 2 under after a 73 (MP)
- 34. Jimmy Walker: T-1, 9 under after a 69 (SH)
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Update No. 27: 8:08 p.m. EST
Hunter Mahan finishes the day with three straight pars for a 68 at Spyglass Hill that leaves him solo third at 8 under as he heads in. Mahan heads to Monterey Peninsula-South tomorrow, generally regarded as the easiest of the three courses.
It looks likely that the leaderboard will read like this to end the day: Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker tied for the lead at 9 under, a shot clear of Mahan, with first-round leader Andrew Loupe third at 7 under. Richard H. Lee is fourth at 6 under with 11 players T-5 at 5 under.
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Update No. 26: 7:35 p.m. EST
The Tour says on Twitter that all three courses are playing over par today – and Pebble Beach is the toughest, checking in at just more than two strokes over par.
Perhaps coincidentally or perhaps not, Stuart Appleby is 2 over for the day as he heads to the 18th tee at Pebble. Appleby, who was in the lead mix for some time Thursday, is gaining ground late in his round with birdies at Nos. 13 and 15, pars at Nos. 14, 16 and 17. He gives himself a birdie opportunity at the last, but two-putts for a 74 that has him T-17 at 4 under as he heads in.
Quick note: With about an hour until sunset and the last groups on the courses having completed 14 holes, it looks like the tourney gets back on schedule today.
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Update No. 25: 7:18 p.m. EST
Hunter Mahan steadies himself with a par at No. 16, remaining 8 under and one back of leaders Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker. Mahan’s 4-under round in progress at Spyglass Hill is nothing to look down upon.
Also 4 under at Spyglass today: David Duval, with two bogeys and six birdies – including three in a row at Nos. 2-4 after making the turn. Duval, who last month said on Twitter and told Golfweek that 2014 could be a make-or-break year for him, has two holes to play.
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Update No. 24: 7:07 p.m. EST
Hunter Mahan slips a shot back of the leaders after a bogey on No. 15 at Spyglass Hill, but has three holes to try to again catch Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker.
Walker is bogey free through two rounds at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am – and credited his game around the greens for that as much as on them.
“it takes some good breaks. I’ve hit a couple shots I’ve gotten away with, but I’ve also hit a lot of really good putts, lot of good up and downs, chipping it close. So that’s nice,” Walker told Golf Channel. “You really want to get the ball around the hole. You don’t want too many 5-, 6-, 7-footers for par, because you’re not going to make them all out here, because it’s tough.”
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Update No. 23: 6:44 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson makes up some lost ground with birdies at Nos. 14-15 on Pebble Beach GL that get him back to even par – but bogeys the last to sign for a 1-over 73 that has him T-20 at 4 over as he heads to the clubhouse. Mickelson withdrew two weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open but recovered to finish T-42 at the Phoenix Open; he’s looking for his first win since his rousing win abroad last summer in the Open Championship.
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Update No. 22: 6:37 p.m. EST
Jordan Spieth birdies No. 9 at Monterey Peninsula-South to wrap up a 67 that moves him into a share of the lead with Hunter Mahan (who has four holes to play) and Jimmy Walker (in the clubhouse). Spieth, who played collegiately at Texas, is looking for his first win since last year’s John Deere Classic. The lead trio is two shots ahead of Andrew Loupe, Dicky Pride and Rory Sabbatini. One of Spieth’s brght spots Friday: a birdie at No. 12 (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 21: 6:25 p.m. EST
Hunter Mahan’s second pair of back-to-back birdies lift him into a tie for the lead alongside Jimmy Walker at 9 under. Mahan, an Oklahoma State product, is coming off a T-4 finish at last week’s Phoenix Open. During a 68 Thursday, Mahan nearly holed out at Pebble Beach’s ninth hole (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 20: 6:12 p.m. EST
Leader Jimmy Walker pars the last two holes of his day, Nos. 8-9 at Spyglass Hill, for a 69 that makes him the clubhouse leader as well. His bogey-free day puts him a shot ahead of Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth, at least for now. Walker won the Frys.com Open and the Sony Open this season. Here’s a look at his birdie on No. 16 (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 19: 5:53 p.m. EST
First-round leader Andrew Loupe finishes with five straight pars at Pebble Beach Golf Links for a 73 that has him T-3 at 7 under as he heads to the clubhouse. The LSU product, in good shape to make his first PGA Tour cut (which will be after 54 holes since three courses are used for the pro-am format), is two back of leader Jimmy Walker.
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Update No. 18: 5:21 p.m. EST
Jimmy Walker is keeping things simple today – and it’s working. Walker’s third birdie of the day comes at Spyglass Hill’s No. 7 hole. With two to play he’s 9 under, two shots ahead of Scott Gardiner, first-round leader Andrew Loupe and Jordan Spieth.
The wheels came off for a bit for Kevin Stadler, last week’s winner at the Phoenix Open who had risen to the lead for a while today. Stadler followed a double bogey at Pebble Beach’s No. 8 with bogeys at Nos. 9-10. But Stadler got a shot back thanks to a birdie at the par-5 No. 14 hole and is among 15 players T-9 at 5 under.
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Update No. 17: 5:05 p.m. EST
Jordan Spieth bogeys No. 4 at Monterey Peninsula-South to drop to T-2 at 7 under, as Jimmy Walker again claims the solo lead.
2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, is 2 under today thanks to birdies at Nos. 15-16 at Monterey, and follows with a pair of pars as he makes the turn. McDowell is T-30 at 3 under.
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Update No. 16: 4:47 p.m. EST
Jordan Spieth gets back to 8 under and a share of the lead with a birdie at No. 2, pulling back alongside Jimmy Walker. They’re a shot ahead of Scott Gardiner, first-round leader Andrew Loupe and Hunter Mahan
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Update No. 15: 3:55 p.m. EST
Jimmy Walker stakes a solo claim to the lead with a birdie at No. 3 on Spyglass Hill, giving him one on each side today. He’s 8 under, a shot ahead of Scott Gardiner and Jordan Spieth.
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, misses a par putt on No. 9 at Pebble Beach and makes the turn at 2 over for the day, T-35 at 3 over.
Pat Perez moves into a five-way tie for fourth at 6 under, having scattered four birdies during a bogey-free round through 13 holes at Pebble.
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Update No. 14: 3:46 p.m. EST
A bogey from Jordan Spieth at No. 18 on Monterey Peninsula-South creates a three-way tie for the lead with him, Scott Gardiner and Jordan Spieth. Like Phil Mickelson’s round, Gardiner’s scorecard has a little of everything on it: Double bogey to open the day at Pebble Beach’s No. 10 hole, birdies at Nos. 11, 14 and 15; a bogey at No. 17 and another birdie at 18. The Australian finished T-36 in November at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
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Update No. 13: 3:19 p.m. EST
Kevin Stadler misses a bogey putt at No. 8 at Pebble Beach and falls two shots off the lead. Jordan Spieth is again the outright leader at 8 under, with Jimmy Walker a shot back and Stadler T-3 with four others.
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Update No. 12: 3:03 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson recently endured a rocky stretch at Pebble Beach – one that began with a double bogey at the par-5 No. 2 hole, followed by back-to-back birdies and then a bogey at the par-3 No. 5 hole. Mickelson is 1 over for the day, T-22 at 4 under.
[Note: An earlier post contained a scoring error.]
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Update No. 11: 2:49 p.m. EST
Kevin Stadler also moves into a share of the lead, his third straight birdie coming at No. 6 on Pebble Beach and lifting him to 8 under alongside Jordan Spieth. Stadler’s first career win set up a father-son scene at this year’s Masters with Craig Stadler, who won at Augusta in 1982. First-round leader Andrew Loupe, meanwhile, bogeys for the second straight hole and slips to T-2 at 7 under alongside three others.
Wes Roach is in contention at 6 under for the week through four holes of his second round on Pebble Beach, good for T-7. That’s thanks in part to one heck of a long pitch to set up a birdie tap-in at the par-5 second hole (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 10: 2:39 p.m. EST
Jordan Spieth catches leader Andrew Loupe thanks to a birdie at No. 13 on Monterey Peninsula-South, his third in four holes to start the day, moving to 8 under and following with a par. Loupe, meanwhile, suffers his first bogey at the par-4 No. 17 hole at Pebble Beach and drops to 8 under.
They lead five players by a shot: Stuart Appleby, Scott Gardiner, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker.
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Update No. 9: 2:23 p.m. EST
Kevin Stadler gets into contention with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 on Pebble Beach, pushing him to 6 under in a nine-way tie for fourth. Stadler won last week’s Phoenix Open.
Jimmy Walker, who has won twice this year, cards his first birdie of the day at Spyglass Hill after opening with six straight pars on the back nine to move to T-2 at 7 under alongside Richard H. Lee.
Leader Andrew Loupe still has a two-shot edge, at 1 under for the day through seven holes on Pebble Beach’s back nine.
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Update No. 8: 2:02 p.m. EST
Andrew Loupe restores his two-shot cushion with a birdie at Pebble Beach’s No. 15, his first of the day after five pars out of the gate. He’s 9 under, with Richard H. Lee alone in second and five players T-3 at 6 under.
And let’s not forget those celebrities all over three courses this week: Musician Kenny G hits a high note with some short-game prowess with a long up-and-down for birdie at Pebble Beach’s par-5 second hole (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 7: 1:44 p.m. EST
Richard H. Lee breaks out of the 6-under logjam to stake a solo claim to second with a birdie on No. 11 at Pebble Beach. He’s one back of leader Andrew Loupe, who’s even through five holes at Pebble.
Phil Mickelson starts his second round with a par at Pebble’s No. 1.
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Update No. 6: 1:01 p.m. EST
Leader Andrew Loupe starts his day with three straight pars at Pebble Beach to maintain his two-shot lead. Jordan Spieth starts his day, meanwhile, with a birdie at Monterey Peninsula-South to join the T-2 crowd at 6 under.
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Update No. 5: 12:42 p.m. EST
Arizona State products Matt Jones and Pat Perez card early birdies at Pebble Beach GL. Jones rises to T-15 at 4 under and Perez rises to T-28 at 3 under. Both have been playing solid golf lately: Jones finished T-12 at last week’s Phoenix Open and T-13 three weeks ago at the Humana Challenge, while Perez has finished 11th or better in three of the last four weeks – including a T-2 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
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Update No. 4: 12:23 p.m. EST
Naturally, the celebrities in this pro-am field are a big part of the fun – but they also show off their playing chops. Actor Andy Garcia, a 9 handicap, got in on the action yesterday after missing the green at Pebble Beach’s par-3 third hole, then chipping in for birdie. (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 3: 12:12 p.m. EST
Leader Andrew Loupe heads to Pebble Beach for his round today, teeing off any minute now. As for the five golfers two shots back and T-2, here’s where they play today: Jimmy Walker heads to Spyglass Hill, while Stuart Appleby, Scott Gardiner, Richard H. Lee and Jim Renner join Loupe at Pebble Beach.
As for the eight players who start the round T-7 at 5 under: Rory Sabbatini and Jordan Spieth head to Monterey Peninsula-South, where five of yesterday’s top six scores were carded. Paul McGinley, Robert Streb and Tim Wilkinson head to Spyglass Hill, while Brian Harman, Phil Mickelson and Dicky Pride head to Pebble Beach; Mickelson tees off in about an hour.
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Update No. 2: 12:05 p.m. EST
With the first round complete, let’s take a look at the players here this week from the top 35 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:
- 6. Jason Day: T-27, 3 under after a 68 (Monterey Peninsula-South)
- 14. Phil Mickelson: T-7, 5 under after a 66 (MP)
- 15. Jim Furyk: T-51, 2 under after a 70 (Spyglass Hill)
- 17. Hunter Mahan: T-15, 4 under after a 68 (Pebble Beach)
- 21. Jordan Spieth: T-7, 5 under after a 66 (SH)
- 22. Charley Hoffman: T-132, 2 over after a 73 (MP)
- 23. Chris Kirk: T-73, 1 under after a 71 (SH)
- 26. Brendon Todd: T-50, 2 under after a 70 (SH)
- 28. K.J. Choi: T-27, 3 under after a 69 (PB)
- 30. Dustin Johnson: T-15, 4 under after a 68 (SH)
- 34. Jimmy Walker: T-2, 6 under after a 66 (PB)
Mickelson managed three pars after returning today to finish his first round, which was delayed by rain before he teed off and suspended by darkness after an eagle at Monterey Peninsula-South’s sixth hole.
Rod Perry bogeys his last hole of the first round to slip to 3 under. He heads from Pebble Beach to Spyglass Hill next.
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Update No. 1: 11:51 a.m. EST
With the second round set to begin in about 10 minutes, the low man still on the course is Rod Perry at 4 under. Perry made the turn yesterday at Pebble Beach GL at 1 under, bogeyed No. 1 and birdied his next three holes as well as No. 6. Perry is head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla.
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With Mother Nature causing havoc in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am, Andrew Loupe bested the field with a stunning 63 and leads by two shots over some veterans and a couple of young guys. Sitting at 6 under and two shots back are Jimmy Walker, Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Scott Gardner and Richard H. Lee. Here are 5 Things to know.
He stops short of calling it a comeback and it’s not like he’s “rebuilding” his career. More accurate to say that “I’m trying to improve upon the things I’ve done well in my career,” said Stuart Appleby. And while it’s been a distinguished one – what with nine PGA Tour victories and nearly $28 million in career earnings – the 42-year-old Aussie thinks there’s more left.
Normally, cold, wind, and rain wouldn’t register as news in these parts – and especially so during this famed pro-am – but in this dry, warm winter of 2013-14, it is headline stuff. In the throes of a drought that has lasted months, the rain is seen as much-needed – and to heck with any inconvenience brought upon the PGA Tour.
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With the first round suspended because of darkness, Loupe leads five players by two shots.
Tiger Woods announced via his website Thursday that his next three tournaments are set – with the Honda Classic near his Jupiter, Fla., home among three “Florida Swing” events he’ll play. The WGC-Accenture Match Play, meanwhile, is out.
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