PEBBLE BEACH, CA (Feb. 13, 2017) – Maybe it would have been easier to talk about if the nine-hole scores were reversed Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Ams. Maybe. No, probably not.
Phil Mickelson got through a tough round that was called after 16 holes Thursday at Monterey Peninsula Golf Club due to virtually day-long rain and sometimes stiff wind. The next morning he signed for a 70.
He caught some wet, windy weather again Friday afternoon at Spyglass Hill, and his even par 72 dropped him 30 places to 43rd. Saturday at Pebble Beach Phil had six birdies and a 69 moved him up 15 spots to 28th. Better, but still well back.
Sunday he was off in one of the first groups with his pal, Pat Perez, who years before had followed Phil from their native San Diego to Arizona State. There was no wind, the greens were as smooth as they were going to be all day, and Phil got going.
Birdies on the first two holes, a three-putt bogey on the third and two more birdies on 6 and 7 briefly had Phil in ninth place and he was 10th when he hit the 10th tee. That took a turn for the worse when he took a penalty stroke after his drive, and again when he bogeyed 13. The dream died when he lost two tee shots left on 15 and limped into 65th place with a 33-44— 77.
“I don’t know what to say about that back nine,” said the three-time winner of the event. “But I always look forward to playing the ATT and the same with the Genesis Open this week in Los Angeles,” where he’s had two wins and two seconds in his last seven visits.
This will be Phil’s first trip back to Riviera Country Club in three years because in that time the event coincided with his children’s winter break week.
“I’m going to rest up and be ready to focus for all 72 holes,” said Phil.