Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Johnson Leads, Harrington and Singh Cut at Pebble Beach

Dustin Johnson`s six birdies on the day, including four consecutive birdies on the ninth through twelfth holes, finishing with a 5-under 67 on the day and 15-under 201, for a four-stroke lead over Canadian Mike Weir, through three rounds of play at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

?Johnson`s bogey on the eight hole was only his second bogey through three rounds at Pebble Beach, with his other bogey coming in yesterday`s second round where he double-bogeyed the par-4 seventeenth hole.

Round two leader, Retief Goosen couldn`t come close to matching yesterday`s eagle and seven birdie performance, carding a 2-over 74 and dropping to third place and five-strokes off the lead. Goosen`s four-bogey`s on the day equalled his total birdie count in the first two rounds.

Charley Hoffman, matched Goosen`s 2-over 74 on the day. Hoffman had six bogeys on the day and drops from the third spot on the leaderboard to a nine way tie for thirtheenth place at 6-under 210.

Kenny Perry is looking to pick up where he left off after winning the FBR Open two weeks ago, in his quest for twenty career wins on the PGA Tour. Perry had four birdies and a clean round for a 4-under 68 and 7-under 209 through three rounds.

Padraig Harrington and Vijay Singh, the third and fourth ranked golfers in the world respectively, both failed to make the final cut after today`s third round. Harrington had three birdies and two bogey`s on the day to finish with a 1-under on the day and 2-over on the tournament. Harrington failed two make the cut by foru strokes.

Singh, in his first tournament back since knee surgery, should have taken another week to rest, as he failed to break par through three rounds and failed to make the cut by eight strokes.

All wasn`t bad for the the top ranked golfers as Phil Mickelson, ranked fifth in the world, just made the cut at 2-under through three rounds. Mickelson played well on the day, with six birdies, including three consecutive birdies on the first three holes. Mickelson finished with a 1-under on the day and didn`t fair better mostly because of a double-bogey on the par-3 twelfth hole.