Sunday Pebble Beach Semi-Live Blog

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.

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9 Responses to Sunday Pebble Beach Semi-Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist. says:

    I’ve never understood why they can’t do a ‘split screen’ while interviewing all these movie stars or whatever….I just don’t understand it….Did I tune in to watch a bunch of interviews? No…..Do I care about the ‘stars’? No….Would a split screen solve that problem, and please the other folks who DO want to see so called famous people….yes….
    Take the sponsor interviews, which are always lame and dull….A split screen would at least help with most of that…

    • lannyh says:

      How about this one… The ads for March Madness… why do they have to change to blaring music when they do those promos? I watch golf for relaxation (when my favorites are not int he running), so those loud promos cause me to change channels.

      I constantly think of the Euro Tour coverage. Our announcers can’t shut up, and if they ever do, CBS uses that three seconds of silence to run a promo for their website or some other sporting event or TV show.

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    Uh, Phil, you just 3 hit from 19 yards, uphill, on a course you’ve won multiple times???????????????? Talk about a MAJOR choke by Phil…when I saw 2nd shot…I said ME, who has a good short game, would get up and down from there 9 out of 10 times…..Again UPHILL, can see the break….Phill supp practices these shots all the time, and YET, 3 hits from 19 yards when it matters???????????????? I mean I can’t tell you, as an amateur what a CHOKE job that was by a professsional……..And if Phil was playing that final putt, it’s just a mistake, because you NEVER give up the hole in those situations….You hit it harder and take out any break…..Unbelievable…..19 yards…….

    • Sports-realist. says:

      I meant Phil either miss hit the putt or didn’t realize you don’t start the putt OUTSIDE a hole that is 5 feet away….I can’t believe he played it to come back to the left, when the ocean and break was going to the right….

    • Jaybird77 says:

      Phil hit a solid putt that didn’t break. Shit happens.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        it wasn’t going to break away from the ocean, it was going to break TOWARD the ocean…Again, had Phil never played the course, you could say, whatever, but he’s won this thing 4 times, and I’m assuming they use traditional pin placements ect…..I’m amazed that he gave up the hole on a 5 footer….Esp after making the harder putts before….His experience should have told him that….

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Maybe he shouldn’t have given up the hole but basically every putt from that side of the hole moved to the right. Also, he lipped out so it’s not hard to say that a slightly slower speed would have died right.

  3. Ken says:

    Mickelson just didn’t play well today. He missed greens with wedges. Couldn’t get up and down multiple times.

    Not surprised really. He is not the closer he once was.

  4. Sports-realist. says:

    Two weeks in a row that the 54 hole leader shoots even or over par, and had the leader the last two weeks just shot ONE under par, both would have been apart of the playoff, in each of the last two weeks…

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