Jordan Spieth near lead after rain-soaked Thursday at Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Jordan Spieth is just off the pace at Pebble even though he didn't finish his round
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is supposed to be a fun, lighthearted affair that combines PGA Tour pros with celebrities in a made-for-TV event. On Thursday, the tournament was anything but fun. Rain and wind pelted the west coast as scores skyrocketed and players took cover.
Rick Lamb, Seung-Yul Noh and Joel Dahmen (three relative unknowns) share the lead after all three shot 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill, which is one of the three courses being used this week. Right on their heels is two-time major winner and the current No. 6 golfer in the world Jordan Spieth.
Spieth was 3 under at the time the tournament was suspended for weather with just two holes remaining on his round at Monterrey Peninsula. He made five birdies and two bogeys in the first round which qualified as an elite performance on a day when just 36-of-156 golfers found themselves under par.
Play done for the day at Pebble Beach. Field was a combined +243 in brutal conditions.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) February 9, 2017
Spieth's best finish at this event is a T4 in 2014. He also had a T7 in 2015. He's looking for his first win on the PGA Tour since he took the Dean & DeLuca Invitational last May.
Spieth will play the first three days with musician Jake Owen as well as Dustin Johnson and his partner Wayne Gretzky. Johnson is 1 under and T22 after Round 1. You can see on this video how nutty the weather got and how impressive Spieth's 3 under was. He was sticking iron shots he had no business sticking, and now he has a chance on Friday morning to take over the Round 1 lead.
Spieth actually missed a lot of putts he normally makes but didn't sound disappointed with his round at all.
"We thought it would be this way, but just rain," Spieth told the Associated Press about the windy conditions. "We didn't expect that."
No. 1 golfer in the world Jason Day finished at 2 under on his round at Monterrey Peninsula and noted that the conditions are just something you learn to deal with.
"It's hit and miss because some weeks are tremendous out here, and then some weeks are just absolutely terrible," said Day. "That's just the west coast swing. It can kind of be a little iffy with the rain and the weather up here. Sometimes you can get lucky with the draw, especially where you're playing. You've just got to take what you can get and try and win the tournament at the end of the week."
That's what Day did on Thursday and what Spieth will try and finish off on Friday when play resumes at 10:30 a.m. ET.
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