AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Rain wreaks havoc on first-round play

February 9, 2017

PGA Golf

Seung-Yul Noh at Spyglass Hill and fired a four under 68 to earn a tie for the lead on Thursday at the AT&T  Pebble Beach Pro Am UPI/Molly Riley

|By Jeremy Harness

PEBBLE BEACH – Heading into Thursday’s opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, rain was expected throughout much of the day, and it was anticipated that it would get heavier in the afternoon hours.

Well, Mother Nature did not disappoint.

Thursday’s action was suspended at 1:37pm PST, as the rain increased and refused to let up. The rain remained consistent throughout the day, and because of this, play was eventually called. The last time play was suspended was in 2014, when a brutal combination of wind and rain caused third-round play to be halted.

Play is expected to begin at 7:30am PST on Friday, with second-round action beginning at 9am, one hour later than originally scheduled.

Because of the expected rain, tee times were moved earlier in the hopes that at least the majority of the field would be able to finish their rounds before matters would eventually be called to a halt.

As it turned out, about half of the players in the field did, in fact, finish, while 81 players are yet to finish their opening rounds.

Atop the leaderboard after Thursday’s proceedings are names that casual fans would not immediately recognize. Seung-Yul Noh, who played alongside San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer, started at 7am at Spyglass Hill and fired a four-under 68 to earn tie for the lead.

“It was tough conditions, especially the back nine, and even starting early in the morning,” Noh said. “It was playing really longer than normal.

“Especially (with) a bogey-free round in these conditions, I’m really happy with that.”

Noh, however, wasn’t even the best player in his group. Rick Lamb matched Noh shot for shot and also finished with a 68. He overcame a bit of a slow start and really started to pick things up in a five-hole stretch beginning at the seventh hole, during which he sank four birdies.

“At first, I didn’t think it was great (that) I had to wake up at 4:15, so we were a little groggy this morning,” Lamb said. “But by the time we got going, it was good, and I think we teed off before the sun actually rose.”

Joel Dahmen made it a three-way tie at the top, as he sank a 15-footer to save par on his 18th hole, also at Spyglass Hill.

He had three birdies on his front nine against one bogey, and then he went one-under on his back nine and had to wait about 15 minutes for an official to make a ruling before attempting his final putt.

“Not a very good lag putt (to leave 15 feet for the par putt),” Dahmen said. “It was tough. I just was really happy to make that last putt, that’s for sure.”

One stroke behind the lead is Jordan Spieth, who has won the Masters and the U.S Open in his young career. He is currently three-under for his round, but he is one of the players not to have finished his first round.

He had just made birdie at the 16th hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club when the stoppage occurred.

 

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