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Texas duo makes way to top at PGA's Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The wind and the rain arrived Friday, perhaps a prelude to a nasty weekend. Leave it to a pair of Texans — Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth — to thrive in those conditions at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Walker made some tough par saves and wound up bogey-free at Spyglass Hill with 3-under 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he called the birdie on his final hole the best of his life. He's only 20, but it was a proud moment.

They were tied for the lead going into the third round, one shot to par ahead of Hunter Mahan.

The slight advantage would go to Walker, who was at 9-under 135. Already a two-time winner this season, Walker next goes over to Monterey Peninsula, the easiest of the three courses in the rotation. Spieth was at 9-under 134 and headed to Pebble Beach, which can be brutal in nasty weather.

And the forecast for today was not particularly 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 today.

"Today was very difficult," Spieth said. "We started out in the rain and wind, and we finished in rainier and windier."

Walker's best holes were his pars, particularly the par-5 14th. His 8-iron came back down into a bunker, leaving him such an awkward lie that he had to plant his feet outside the sand. With a shallow swing, he did well to blast out 12 feet away and made the par putt. "That was pretty big to keep it feeling like things were still in my favor," he said.

Mahan had 68 at Spyglass Hill, with half of his six birdies on the par 5s. He was at 8-under 136.

Phil Mickelson finished off his 66 at Monterey in the morning, then got an early indication at Pebble Beach that this might be a long day. He three-putted from 5 feet above the hole on the par-5 second for double bogey. A three-putt bogey on the 18th gave him 73. He was 4-under 139.

DQ: D.A. Points was disqualified for using a training device while waiting to play the 18th. He was using a stick with a sponge ball attached to the end of it. Because it was in the middle of a round, he violated Rule 14-3 and was disqualified. Points shot 75 and was tied for 60th.

Champions: Michael Allen matched the tour record with 12-under 60 in the Allianz Championship at Boca Raton, finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies. The 55-year-old became the ninth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course. Allen birdied three of his final two holes in calm conditions on The Old Course at Broken Sound. Allen said it wasn't until his 15th hole that he started thinking about shooting golf's magic number of 59. Then he promptly missed the birdie putt on the par-5 sixth hole. "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." Scott Dunlap was second at 63, and Tom Lehman, Chien Soon Lu and Wes Short shot 65.

Texas duo makes way to top at PGA's Pebble Beach Pro-Am 02/07/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 10:16pm]

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