Sunday, September 23, 2018

Jordan Spieth leads fog-delayed Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth knew the pin position on the ninth hole at Spyglass Hill as much by memory as by sight, which was good considering the fog creeping across the Monterey Peninsula on Friday.

The crowd behind the green couldn't see Spieth, only a golf ball that landed behind the flag and spun back 3 feet below the cup. Spieth tapped that in for his eighth birdie of the round and a 7-under 65 that gave him the clubhouse lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am at 10-under 133.

For the second day, play was stopped before the round was over because of heavy fog. The first round was halted Thursday and completed Friday after another fog delay. Fog also delayed the start of the second round, which then had yet another delay before play was finally called with 121 players yet to finish.

Derek Fathauer was 8 under for his round at Pebble Beach and tied with Spieth at 10 under. Fathauer had to return this morning to finish his round on the ninth hole. Jason Day, the world's No. 1 player, was 7 under through 12 holes at Spyglass when play was stopped. Day was at 9 under.

Spieth mainly was thrilled that he finished just before the horn sounded to suspend play.

It's hard to know where anyone stands until three rounds are completed, let alone when only 33 players were done with the second round. Spieth knew only that his swing was dialed in and his putter — the most dangerous club in his bag — was coming around.

"I didn't feel any nerves out there, even though I knew I was toward the lead, just because so much could happen with three courses (being played at once)," he said. "The first two rounds, it's been easy. (Today) might feel a little different. But in my opinion, I'm at 10 under now. If I can try and just make two (birdies) at Pebble Beach each time (in the final two rounds) and make up for the bogeys with maybe another birdie, it may be good enough."

What helped Spieth was going off in the third group at Spyglass and having what he considers the best greens on the three-course rotation.

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