PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson is in a familiar place under familiar conditions at the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Four-time winner, Mickelson was one of four players tied after the second round on Saturday morning because of the rain.
He avoided the worst of times, but he had to survive the wild end of a birdie, to three consecutive bogeys and one last for a 68 to under 68 at Spyglass Hill. This put him tied with Lucas Glover, Paul Casey and Scott Langley.
Jordan Spieth, who endured a cold and strong rain during the last two hours on Friday before the game was suspended, was part of the 10-point draw until he returned Saturday morning and bogeyed from his last hole for a score of 68 to Spyglass. with Jason Day.
A day after Mickelson missed no fairway for the first time in 1,664 rounds on the PGA Tour, he did not seem to find one at Spyglass Hill. He still managed to take the lead, including a 3-wood of 256 meters above the level of normal 5, 14th to 6 feet.
That caught up with him at the end. After hitting a birdie on the fifth third of the normal, Mickelson missed three consecutive fairways that led to three straight bogeys until he shut up with an iron from 4 feet to 18 feet and a balloon under 68 years old.
"I hate not finishing the round, making three bogeys after a very good round," said Mickelson. "I'm also lucky to have finished and finish the tour with … guys are unfortunately still there playing in tough times."
Mickelson was the first to finish under 133 years old. Glover started strong in sullen weather at Pebble Beach and shot 66 points under 66 points to reach 10 points under 134, while Langley (69 years old at Spyglass Hill) 64 on the Monterey Peninsula) was finishing with a score below 133, in front of the horn that finally stopped the game for the rest of the day.
Spieth was one of 44 players scheduled to return Saturday morning – weather permitting – to finish the last two holes of his round. Part of him was happy to be out of the way considering the fight he had on the hand in cold, rainy weather and increasing wind.
Spieth shot 31 on the nine back to Spyglass Hill to qualify, and missed two good chances to get the top nine.
"I had a very good start, which helped me, knowing that the conditions were favorable, trying to take advantage of the first nine places," he said. "And then once they started entering, it was just trying to hold on for life."
He went very far from the green on the fifth hole of normal 3, his ball in the sand dune above the green about 3 inches from the rough collar with little green between him and the hole. Spieth exploded at 4 feet and saved by. After taking sixth place in the high wind, his 40-yard throw checked and stopped at one foot of the cup.
And then he had another fight on the seventh par-5, hitting under a tree, on another and across the fairway. His third shot was just green, and Spieth immediately called for a decision when he saw the hand of a fan sweeping the ball over the green.
The rules official spoke to the fan, who said he had raised his hands as the ball landed in front of him and he did not intentionally hit him. It meant that Spieth was playing it from the green instead of playing from there.
By the time they solved the problem, the rain was falling and the workers had to use a scraper – twice – to remove the stagnant water. Spieth two-wagered for the par. A minute later, the rain continued to fall and Johnson had to remove the green for his putt.
Johnson, who had hit his second shot in the water, missed his goal. He missed 3 feet for the normal on the previous hole, and missed another 3 feet on the number 3. He was 2 on his turn, seven shots to the normal behind.
"It's not a good day on the greens," said Johnson moving away, looking like someone who had one before.
Two of the fairways missed by Mickelson on the front nine were at par 5, one leading to par, the other a bogey. He needed to avoid the water that was left of the seventh green and was pulling too much into the trees, missing the green and hitting a bad chip, missing the putt.
"I did not miss a fairway yesterday, here you have to be in the fairway, and I was on a minimal distance on two holes, both par-5 on the front, and it probably cost me three shots. "said Mickelson.