Tour Tracker: Loupe leads Pebble Beach
Thursday, February 6, 2014
After a week of rowdiness in the desert at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour found an old foe in rain at Pebble Beach – where golfing celebrities on hand for the AT&T Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am saw Andrew Loupe move to the top of the first-round leaderboard with an 8-under 63.
With the first round suspended because of darkness, Loupe leads a fivesome by two shots.
Phil Mickelson is 5 under through 15 holes, while Brandt Snedeker, back to defend his title, opened with an even-par 72 at Spyglass Hill.
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Some celebrities include Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is paired with Scott Langley, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, artist Kid Rock and actor Ray Romano.
- See second- and third-round tee times right here.
- T. Woods says he'll skip Match Play, add Honda Classic.
Recap the day's highlights right here – and scroll down for our earlier coverage this week.
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Update No. 26: 8:55 p.m. EST
Play has been suspended because of darkness, the Tour announced. About four dozen Tour players remain on the courses, none with more than five holes to complete; six of those players are three shots off the lead, none with more than three holes to complete.
Richard H. Lee finishes his round with a par at Monterey Peninsula-South's 18th hole, signing for a 65 that has him two back of leader Andrew Loupe.
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Update No. 25: 8:39 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson makes a statement before the sun sets, with an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole at Monterey Peninsula-South to move to 5 under with three holes to play. Mickelson started his round with a birdie at No. 10 (mobile readers can see the video here).
Scott Gardiner closes out a 65 at Monterey Peninsula-South with his first bogey of the day. The Australian finished T-36 in November's OHL Classic at Mayakoba and is chasing his first Tour win. Gardiner is T-2 with Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard H. Lee (who has one hole to play) and Jimmy Walker.
Five of the six players at 6 under or better played Monterey Peninsula-South in the first round – and 13 of the 26 at 4 under or better.
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Update No. 24: 8:21 p.m. EST
Quietly, Jordan Spieth climbs into the mix. Spreading a handful of birdies amid a bogey-free day so far, Spieth is 4 under through 16 holes at Spyglass Hill, one of 14 players T-11 and four back of leader Andrew Loupe.
Jimmy Walker finishes a 66 on Pebble Beach Golf Links with his sixth birdie of the day against no bogeys. The Baylor product is chasing his third win of the season (Frys.com Open, Sony Open).
Scott Gardiner, alone in second at 7 under, pars No. 17 at Monterey Peninsula-South and heads to the last a shot back.
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Update No. 23: 8:08 p.m. EST
A closing par puts the wraps on leader Andrew Loupe's 63 at Monterey Peninsula-South as he heads to the clubhouse with a one-shot lead over Scott Gardiner. With no eagles and no bogeys, Loupe only had two stretches of repeated scores: four pars on Nos. 2-5 and back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16-17. Gardiner has two holes to catch him, with a handful of players still on the course at 6 under (Jim Renner and Dicky Pride) and 5 under (Brian Harman, Richard H. Lee and Jimmy Walker).
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Update No. 22: 7:59 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 4 on Monterey Peninsula-South and follows with a par to remain bogey-free with four holes to play in his round.
Robert Streb is the first man into the clubhouse on the 5-under mark, with a 67 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Kansas State product is seeking his first PGA Tour win; Streb finished T-19 at last month's Farmers Insurance Open.
Among the contenders, Dicky Pride has the most golf left to play; he's 6 under through 13 holes on Monterey Peninsula-South.
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Update No. 21: 7:51 p.m. EST
With less than an hour until sunset, Andrew Loupe posts his first back-to-back birdies of the day and move to 8 under, leading by two shots.
Several players have seven holes to complete, making it likely the round will be suspended because of darkness.
Hunter Mahan joins the group in the clubhouse at 4 under, thanks to a 68 at Pebble Beach Golf Links that saw him scatter four birdies amid a bogey-free round. Will Claxton and Robert Garrigus also are 4 under and done for the day.
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Update No. 20: 7:34 p.m. EST
Andrew Loupe claims the lead with a birdie at No. 16 on Monterey Peninsula-South, climbing to 7 under. He's birdied every other hole for 11 holes now. Loupe, an LSU product, has missed the cut in all five starts this season.
Stuart Appleby is your leader in the clubhouse at 6 under, after a 65 on Montereey Peninsula-South. Appleby scattered six birdies throughout a bogey-free round; he's T-2 with Scott Gardiner and Rory Sabbatini as he heads in.
Dustin Johnson signs for a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill that has him T-9 as things stand. Johnson did all his damage near the turn, with four birdies in a five-hole stretch at Nos. 7-11 and par runs of six holes and seven holes on each side. John Huh also is in the clubhouse at 4 under after a 67 at Monterey Peninsula-South.
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Update No. 19: 7:19 p.m. EST
Rory Sabbatini grabs a share of the lead for the first time today, a birdie at Spyglass Hill's 12th hole coming on the heels of an eagle at the 11th and moving him to 6 under alongside Stuart Appleby, Scott Gardiner and Andrew Loupe. Sabbatini, a South African who played collegiately at Arizona, is chasing his first win since the 2011 Honda Classic; he finished T-3 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November.
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Update No. 18: 7:07 p.m. EST
Stuart Appleby birdies with two holes to play and Andrew Loupe does the same with four holes to play as the two move the lead to 6 under, one shot clear of Scott Gardiner, Rory Sabbatini, Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker. Twelve players are T-7 another shot back.
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Update No. 17: 6:41 p.m. EST
Andrew Loupe joins the lead pack with a birdie at No. 12 on Monterey Peninsula's South Course, his fourth in seven holes; he's 5 under alongside Stuart Appleby and Robert Streb.
Among 11 players T-4 a shot back: Dustin Johnson, playing with pro-am partner and future father-in-law Wayne Gretzky; Jason Day; and Daniel Chopra, who has held at least a share of the lead much of the day.
[Note: Because of a scoring error, an earlier update has been removed.]
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Update No. 15: 6:06 p.m. EST
Stuart Appleby has been hot despite the rain delay interrupting his round – and his second birdie in three holes pushes him out of a nine-way tie for the lead to take sole possession at 5 under. The Australian, playing Monterey Peninsula CC, seeks his first win since the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
Phil Mickelson is 2 under through seven holes, three shots back of the lead after a birdie at No. 16 on Monterey Peninsula CC's South Course – where he's 2 under on the par-5s, even on his other five holes.
Among the logjam at T-2: Jimmy Walker, who got a little boost when he holed out for birdie with a long wedge shot on the par-4 10th hole (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 14: 5:54 p.m. EST
How about a nine-way tie for the lead: That's what we've got at Pebble Beach after Daniel Chopra's second bogey of the day. Through 12 holes he drops to 4 under alongside Dustin Johnson, Stuart Appleby, Robert Streb, Will Claxton, Andrew Loupe, Jimmy Walker, Rory Sabbatini and D.A. Points. Whew.
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Update No. 13: 5:41 p.m. EST
Daniel Chopra cards his first back-to-back pars of the day (hey, where was there room for pars amid all those early birdies?) just before making the turn, then his first bogey of the day as he drops to 5 under and his lead slips to 1 shot. Stuart Appleby, Dustin Johnson and Robert Streb are T-2. Twelve players are T-5 at 3 under.
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Update No. 12: 5:05 p.m. EST
A fourth birdie in a five-hole stretch pushes Dustin Johnson to 4 under, two back of leader Daniel Chopra and T-2 alongside Robert Streb. Johnson has finished 12 holes at Spyglass Hill during this rain-delayed round. A Coastal Carolina product, Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Championship earlier in this 2013-14 wraparound season. Johnson recently provided a slice of his life in Jupiter, Fla., with the PGA Tour. (mobile readers can see the video here).
Jason Day also climbs to 4 under, thanks to three straight birdies to close out the back nine on Monterey Peninsula's South Course just before he makes the turn. The Aussie won the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in his home country in November.
Graeme McDowell gets under par for the first time today with a birdie at No. 11 on Spyglass and follows with a par.
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Update No. 11: 4:36 p.m. EST
Another move for Dustin Johnson as his third straight birdie moves him to T-2 at 3 under alongside five others. Apparently Johnson – playing with his future father-in-law in pro-am partner Wayne Gretzky – is either very comfortable this week or out to prove something. Surely it's a topic he'll be asked about after his round.
Phil Mickelson, by the way, gets his round started with a birdie and follows with a par. He's on the back nine of Monterey Peninsula's South Course to start things off.
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Update No. 10: 4:21 p.m. EST
A birdie on No. 16 at Monterey Peninsula GC's Shore Course again pushes Daniel Chopra to a three-shot lead, this time at 6 under after James Hahn bogeys to fall into a four-way tie for second at 3 under.
Hahn's eagle earlier came came when he holed out his third shot on the par-5 No. 6 hole at Pebble Beach GL (mobile readers can see the video here). He's T-2 along with Stuart Appleby, John Mallinger and Robert Streb.
Dustin Johnson's second straight birdie lifts him to T-7 with nine others at 2 under.
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Update No. 9: 4:04 p.m. EST
Daniel Chopra reclaims the lead outright with his fifth birdie amid six holes played today, moving to 5 under. That puts him a shot ahead of James Hahn with John Mallinger another shot back.
Dustin Johnson cards his first birdie of the week at No. 7 on Spyglass Hill to move to T-13 at 1 under.
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Update No. 8: 3:55 p.m. EST
An eagle-birdie sequence by James Hahn pulls him into a tie for the lead with Daniel Chopra at 4 under. Hahn, a Cal product, is looking for his first PGA Tour win; he finished T-38 at the Humana Challenge and has missed two cuts since.
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Update No. 7: 3:25 p.m. EST
Daniel Chopra is in a groove – with four straight birdies to start his round carrying him to a two-shot lead over six players at 2 under. The Swede is looking to make his first cut in three starts this season after earning $164,826 with three top-10 finishes amid 23 starts last season.
Among the players at 2 under is Robert Streb, who eagled No. 2 at Pebble Beach thanks to a tight approach shot to get a hot start out of the gate (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 6: 3:03 p.m. EST
The lead group at 2 under quickly grows to six players: Stuart Appleby, Chad Campbell, Daniel Chopra, Retief Goosen, Michael Putnam and Robert Streb. Behind them are 14 players at 1 under early. Did the early rain leave Pebble Beach and its two companion courses defenseless? Well, we'll see what the wind does later.
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Update No. 5: 2:49 p.m. EST
Daniel Chopra opens with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10-11 at Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course to get to 2 under in a hurry and stake a claim to the early lead. Chopra is looking for his first win since the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Michael Putnam jumps into a share of the lead with an eagle at the par-5 No. 11 hole at Spyglass Hill.
Graeme McDowell drops to 1 over after starting his round at Spyglass with three straight pars and a bogey at No. 4.
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Update No. 4: 2:38 p.m. EST
Play resumes at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with Jason Day and Stuart Appleby among six players tied for the early lead at 1 under. That ends a delay of about 2 hours and 50 minutes.
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Update No. 3: 2:02 p.m. EST
We're about a half hour from restarting play at Pebble Beach. Our Jim McCabe takes a look at why the rain delay is – and isn't – a surprise at the PGA Tour's annual stop on the Monterey Peninsula. Read the story right here.
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Update No. 2: 1:38 p.m. EST
Play is scheduled to start again at 2:30 p.m. EST, the PGA Tour announced via its Twitter account, @PGATOUR: "UPDATE: Play will resume at @attproam at 11:30am PT. Rain has stopped and skies are bright. #pgatour"
Want to know some of the strategy for playing the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links? Pro Chuck Dunbar shares his thinking (mobile readers can see the video here).
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Update No. 1: 1:11 p.m. EST
PGA Tour officials expect to set a restart time for play fairly soon, as rain and wind have interrupted the festivities today. The rainfall reportedly is lightening up, but standing water forced the stoppage.
How stiff has the wind been on Monterey Peninsula? Greg Chalmers saw its effects as it blew a putt about 270 degrees around the hole on No. 2 at Pebble Beach Golf Links (mobile readers can see the video here).
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