The wind and the rain arrived Friday, perhaps a prelude to a nasty weekend. Leave it to two Texans — Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth — to thrive in Crosby Clambake conditions at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.
Walker made some tough par saves and wound up bogey-free at Spyglass Hill with a 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, 1 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.
Spieth caught Walker for a share of the lead on the 187-yard ninth hole, which typically requires a 6-iron. He watched Kevin Chappell hit first with a 3-iron, and the ball rolled back down off the front of the green.
Spieth hit a hybrid to about 20 feet and made the putt, with the wind blowing it to the right at the end.
Mahan had a 68 at Spyglass Hill, with half of his six birdies on the par 5’s. He was at 8-under 136.
Michael Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies.
Allen, 55, became the ninth player in the history of the 50-or-older tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course.
“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.”
Allen opened on the 10th hole and played each nine in 6-under 30 on the Old Course at Broken Sound.
He has five tour victories, winning the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and Greater Hickory Classic last year.
Scott Dunlap was second at 63, and Tom Lehman, Chien Soon Lu and Wes Short Jr. shot 65.
Edoardo Molinari and Craig Lee share the halfway lead at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg at 11-under par, while David Horsey charged into contention with a 63 to sit a shot off the pace.
England’s Horsey went 8 under through his second round with eight birdies and no dropped shots on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to be in contention for a first European Tour title in three years.
Ahead of him, Molinari and Lee held onto their overnight advantage. Molinari had a 4-under 68 on the longer, tougher East Course and Lee a 67 on the West after a run of four birdies on the front nine.
South African George Coetzee (68) is alongside Horsey a shot back.
Ladies European Tour
Eight-time winner and defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.
American Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, and South African Stacey Lee Bregman both followed first round 69s with 6-under second rounds of 67 to lead the European and Australian tour event by a shot at 10-under 136.
Webb signed for a second-consecutive 1-over 74 which would have made the cut. She quickly notified officials she had made an error, signing for par on the 12th when she had made bogey.
Ladies European Tour tournament director Fraser Munro said “it was quite clear she signed for an incorrect scorecard. She was obviously disappointed.”