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Wi holds off pack and avoids rain

Charlie Wi, the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am leader, says, “I thought Pebble played really difficult.”

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Charlie Wi, the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am leader, says, “I thought Pebble played really difficult.”

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — On a day when sunshine gave way to light rain, two things stayed the same Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Charlie Wi still topped the leaderboard, and Tiger Woods didn't hit enough putts to make up ground.

Wi escaped most of the rain at Pebble Beach, where he made eagle from the 13th fairway and limited the damage to bogey on his final hole for 3-under 69 and a three-shot lead at 12-under 130 in the PGA Tour event.

Dustin Johnson was caught off guard by the rain in the worst way. He stood in the fourth fairway at Spyglass Hill with a short-sleeve shirt, hands thrust in his pocket, as his caddie sent a friend running up the hill to the parking lot to retrieve his rain gear. His short game let him down, and the two-time Pebble champion had to settle for 72. He was three back.

Padraig Harrington had 66 at Pebble Beach and was among those tied for third.

Woods again looked poised to make a move at Monterey Peninsula. But he missed a 5-foot birdie on No. 9 and failed to birdie the par-5 10th when he pulled his second shot into the gallery. He settled for 2-under 68, leaving him six behind.

Along the way, he stung his wrist hitting out of a divot and said he had to pop it back into the joint. "No big deal," he said.

Woods took 33 putts, which he attributed to leaving the ball in the wrong spot — mostly above the hole.

Phil Mickelson struggled in sunshine. In rain, he ran off five birdies for 65 at Monterey Peninsula. He was five shots behind.

"I don't know what happened, but I started to play a lot better and make some birdies," said Mickelson, a three-time winner at Pebble. "In the perfect conditions, I struggled."

For today's round Wi heads to Spyglass, which has played slightly tougher than the other two courses. On No. 9, his final hole Friday, he pulled his approach into thick rough and chopped out over the green. Only a good pitch to tap-in range helped him avoid something worse than a bogey.

Women's Australian Open: U.S. Women's Open champ So Yeon Ryu shot 4-under 69 for a one-shot lead at 6-under 140 over fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo in Melbourne. Two-time defending champ Yani Tseng was at par after shooting 76. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was five off the lead after 75 at the event sanctioned by the LPGA, the Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies European Tour. Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, celebrating her 17th birthday, was 2 over after her second 74. Cindy LaCrosse (74) and Kristy McPherson (75), both of Tampa, were at 151.

CHAMPIONS: Corey Pavin shot 8-under 64 for a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Pavin is winless in 34 career starts on the 50-and-over tour.

EUROPEAN: Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn shot 7-under 65 to share the lead at 13-under 131 after two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.

Wi holds off pack and avoids rain 02/10/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 10, 2012 10:31pm]
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