6:20 pm Update:
Vaughn Taylor gets it done! Gives wife nice Valentine’s Day gift, a win. She sobs. Their toddler stays pretty calm.
4:50 pm Update: I Wanta Iwata
A win today would put Hiroshi Iwata inside the OWGR top 40, which would clinch a spot in the WGC Match Play in Austin, TX, two weeks prior to the Masters. It would also, of course, give him a two-year PGA Tour exemption. Masters, Match Play, PGA Tour 2-year exemption. A win would be absolutely huge for Iwata. (Not that Vaughn Taylor winning would not help him.)
4:33 pm Update: None of my favorites are at the top of the leaderboard, so I find myself pulling for Hiroshi Iwata. It’s pretty cool that he’s decked out in red, white, and blue for the USA. The 35-year-old Japanese has never played in the Masters or the US Open, so this win would be absolutely huge for him. In fact, he only has two wins, both of them on the Japanese Tour.
2:33 pm: Blixt blixtes his way to top of leaderboard!
1:05 pm: Nick complaining about the pollen. Is it springtime in Monterey? If you don’t count the azaleas that bloomed in December, mine is still a couple of weeks away, I think.
1:00 pm: Live coverage has begun! “Hard on the Pacific, soft by the eyes and soul.” Hmmm.