PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Former Conway golfer Bryce Molder is one of six golfers tied for the lead going into the weekend rounds here at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Given the talent on tour, Paul Goydos is not the least bit surprised that six players were tied at the top.
Being part of that group? Under the circumstances, Goydos found that highly unusual.
Goydos arrived at Spyglass Hill and headed to the putting green, only to realize he wasn’t wearing golf shoes. He had left those back in his car in the main parking lot at Pebble Beach. Then, he had to tackle a course where he had never broken 70.
More than five hours and seven birdies later, he had a 7-under 65 and was part of an eclectic mix of atop the leaderboard on a day when the threat of showers gave way to sunshine along the Monterey Peninsula.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson was the biggest presence, even after a 2-under 68 at Monterey Peninsula in which he kept hitting it close for birdie and tapping in for par.
Also at 10-under 132 were Alex Cejka (67 at Spyglass), Molder (65 at Monterey), J.B. Holmes (67 at Monterey) and Matt Jones, who had a 67 at Pebble Beach and was the only player among the leaders who has not played the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula, the newcomer to the rotation and the only course playing as a par 70 this week.
All three courses had one thing in common.
“There is no defense on any of these golf courses,” Goydos said, noting that while the rain has stayed away, so has the wind that can make some of these seaside venues so tough.
Equally surprising, to most everyone but him, is that David Duval was one shot out of the lead. The former No. 1 player in the world was at No. 882 last summer when he tied for second in the U.S. Open, although he hasn’t done much since.
After a 67 at Spyglass, Duval shot a 68 at Pebble Beach to stay in the hunt.