PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The wind and the rain arrived Friday, perhaps a prelude to a nasty weekend. Leave it to a pair of Texans – Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth – to thrive at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Walker made some tough par saves and wound up bogey-free at Spyglass Hill with a 3-under 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he called the birdie on his final hole the best of his life.
They were tied for the lead going into the third round, one shot to par ahead of Hunter Mahan.
The slight advantage would go to Walker, who was at 9-under 135. Already a two-time winner this season, Walker next goes over to Monterey Peninsula, the easiest of the three courses in the rotation. Spieth was at 9-under 134 and headed to Pebble Beach, which can be brutal in nasty weather.
D.A. Points was disqualified for using a training device while waiting to play the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. Points was using a stick with a sponge ball attached to the end of it. Because it was in the middle of a round, he violated Rule 14-3. The penalty is disqualification. Points shot a 75 and was tied for 60th, eight shots to par behind the leaders.
Tragedy at the tournament was averted Wednesday night, thanks to Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver at the Monterey Conference Center.
John said Friday the Hollywood actor saved his life. He said Eastwood immediately saw that he was in trouble and lifted the 202-pound tournament director three times about a foot off the ground.
Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone it was his first time using the Heimlich maneuver. Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the popular PGA Tour event. He presents the trophy on Sunday.
EUROPEAN: In Johannesburg, Edoardo Molinari and Craig Lee share the halfway lead at the Joburg Open on 11-under par, while David Horsey charged into contention with a 63 to sit a shot off the lead.
England’s Horsey went 8 under through his second round with eight birdies on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to be in contention for his first European Tour title in three years.
CHAMPIONS: In Boca Raton, Fla., Michael Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 in the Allianz Championship.
Allen, 55, became the ninth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course.
LADIES EUROPEAN: In Gold Coast, Australia, American Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, and South African Stacey Lee Bregman both followed first round 69s with 6-under second rounds of 67 to lead the Australian Ladies Masters by a shot at 10-under 136.
Defending champion Karrie Webb was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.