2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard, grades: Phil Mickelson takes home record fifth title

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Phil Mickelson touched off the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday, a record-tying fifth of his career, the same way he sewed it up late on Sunday. Lefty hit a nasty knockdown shot from 175 yards on the iconic par-5 18th at Pebble to 6 feet and poured that home for birdie — a final round 65 and the 44th win of his incredible PGA Tour career.

The bogey-free 65 was the round of the day, and it came at the perfect time for Mickelson, who trailed playing partner Paul Casey by three strokes heading into Round 4. Casey played nicely in the final round, which spanned two days because of a hail storm on Sunday, but his 71 couldn’t keep pace with the way Mickelson commanded his short irons and wedges over the final 18 holes. Lefty easily cleared him by three at 19-under 268.

“It’s been a very special week,” Mickelson told Peter Kostis of CBS Sports. “This is a special place for me. … To have my pro career start here and to have this victory means a lot.”

Mickelson finished first in the field on his approach shots and T2 in proximity to the hole. If you saw the way he struck the ball in Round 4, it’s easy to see why.

Mickelson and Casey were the only ones on the course on Monday as everyone else finished up on Sunday in the dark. Mickelson also wanted to try and get home on Sunday, but Casey called it on the 16th green, and Lefty said he was grateful for that even if he seemed perturbed in the moment. It’s very on brand for Mickelson to thank his opponent for setting up a win for him.

“He really protected both of us,” Mickelson said. “The greens were beat up. We had a chance today to come out on fresher greens, better weather, and I was really appreciative of that.”

With the 44th win of his career, Mickelson becomes just the fourth player to win PGA Tour events 28 or more years apart. He also inches closer to Walter Hagen’s mark of 45 PGA Tour wins and a potential tie for eighth all time. Billy Casper is seventh at 51. The fifth Pebble victory ties Mark O’Meara for the all-time record at that event.

We should ignore the “What if I’d told you ‘Phil Mickelson wins at Pebble after a long wait’ would be a headline at the start of the calendar year” storyline for now and obvious U.S. Open implications. Mickelson said after the round that this win has no bearing on what happens at the U.S. Open in June, likely because this will not be the same Pebble Beach after the USGA gets its hands on it.

Still, a victory for Mickelson at age 48 — and nearly two victories in his first three starts of 2019! — is remarkable. As the PGA Tour skews younger and Mickelson nears 50, it becomes more improbable for him to keep up. And yet not only is he keeping up, he’s thriving, he’s winning. He’s dropping filthy 65s in all manner of weather with a Ryder Cup participant leading him and young bucks like Si Woo Kim and Jason Day making runs at him. Mickelson, unlike Pebble Beach, is not timeless, but you may have been fooled if you watched him play golf on Sunday and Monday. Grade: A+

Here are the rest of our grades for the 2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Jason Day (T4): Ignore the Sunday bank robber look and instead focus on another successful trip to Pebble Beach for the former major winner. He did the lion’s share of his damage on Thursday with a 65 at Monterey Peninsula, but he backed it up with an even-par 72 on the toughest scoring day (Saturday) and a tasty 68 during the final round (he finished on Sunday). Day pretty quietly hasn’t finished outside the top 25 anywhere since the Dell Technologies Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs last fall and should definitely be considered one of the early favorites for the Masters in April. Grade: A

Jordan Spieth (T45): After playing beautifully for the first two days, Spieth ejected hard on Saturday. He made just three bogeys over his first 48 holes, but then finished Saturday’s third round with two doubles and a bogey in the last six holes. He never recovered from that, made five more bogeys on Sunday and tumbled down the leaderboard with a 74-75 weekend on the Pebble Beach course. The issue for Spieth this week actually wasn’t the putter. He finished 60th (!) in strokes gained off the tee and could muster just three birdies in his final 31 holes of play on the week. Grade: C+

Dustin Johnson (T45): It may have been even uglier for Spieth’s playing partner, Dustin Johnson. After winning last week in Saudi Arabia, D.J. struggled late at a place where he’s won twice and been arguably the most consistent player over the last decade. Johnson’s week was less volatile than Spieth’s, but a 73-73 showing at Spyglass and Pebble on Friday and Saturday respectively left him way out of the mix for a third title here. It didn’t help that he played the non-par 5s in 3 over for the week. Grade: C+

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The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is set to tee off this week at iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links, and once again it’s loaded with some big-time celebrities. Here are 12 of the biggest names and familiar faces to keep an eye on this week along the Monterey coastline.

You can view the full list of celebrity participants here.

Tony Romo

After calling his first Super Bowl this past weekend for CBS alongside Jim Nantz, Romo will be teeing it up again at Pebble Beach this week. The former Dallas Cowboy and Pro Bowler made his PGA Tour debut at the 2018 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, where he missed the cut. He has also played in Web.com tour Q-school and attempted U.S. Open Qualifying several times in recent years.

Jake Owen

Before turning his interests to country music, Owen initially pursued a career as a pro golfer. He won his first tournament at age 15. He’s still a big golfer today, and he was awarded a sponsor’s exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open this past year.

Larry Fitzgerald

Romo won’t be the only participant at the pro-am with football ties, as the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver will take part again. Fitzgerald says that he’s a 10 or 11 handicap and that he packs a cut-off shaft during road weeks so he can practice his swing. Last month, the Pro Bowler made an ace while playing a round with former President Barack Obama.

Ray Romano

The actor and stand-up comedian participated in Golf Channel’s The Haney Project, in which Tiger Woods’s former coach helped celebrities and athletes improve their game. Romano’s been a regular participant in the pro-am and frequently plays in the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic.

Aaron Rodgers

Make that three football stars who will be in action at Pebble Beach this week. The Super Bowl champion and league MVP Rodgers enters with a reported 4.0 handicap index, and he has expressed interest in playing alongside viral sensation Hosung Choi.

Darius Rucker

The singer, who also frequents Pebble Beach every year for the pro-am, is a single-digit handicap and hosts an annual post-Masters pro-am. Rucker is good friends with Tiger Woods and sang at his wedding and father’s funeral. Rucker was also a VIP guest of Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Matt Ryan

Oh look, another Pro Bowl and MVP quarterback playing at Pebble! Ryan, who tosses the pigskin around for the Atlanta Falcons, is an avid golfer and has participated in a number of tournaments such as the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic.

Tom Dreesen

The actor and stand-up comedian hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament called the Tom Dreesen Celebrity Classic.

Colt Ford

Before becoming a country music singer, Ford was a pro on the Web.com Tour.

Joe Don Rooney

The Rascal Flatts’s lead guitarist, who played in last year’s pro-am, says he’s played around 60 of the country’s top 100 courses.

Larry the Cable Guy

The comedian says he used to hate golf, but credits Boo Weekley with getting him into the game. He played in last year’s pro-am too.

Kelly Slater

The professional surfer is an avid golfer when not catching waves.

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Four of the top five players in the world will head to Saudi Arabia this week for the debut of a new European Tour event: The Saudi International powered by SBIA, which will be held at the newly-opened Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed are among those heading to the Euro Tour this week. Here’s what you need to know about the tournament, why it has become such a hot-button topic and what players have said on the matter.

The Saudi International

The Saudi International powered by SBIA kicks off Thursday, Jan. 31, in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. The golf course was officially opened in 2018 after years of planning and is a central feature in a Saudi development that is the first golf community of its kind. While work on the course began in the mid-2000s, progress was halted in 2008 and did not resume until 2014 before its grand opening last year.

The event, with its $3.5 million purse, is one of six tournaments to be played on the Arabian Peninsula, according to Euro Tour executive director Keith Pelley, who has said a seventh could be added in the future.

Why it’s controversial

While many international golf tournaments take place in countries with dubious human rights records, Saudi Arabia has come under particularly intense examination since the October killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who had spoken out against Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington Post columns. Khashoggi, a resident of the United States who had traveled to Turkey, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after agreeing to meet there. Turkish officials as well as intelligence agencies from around the world (including those from the United States) have concurred that the crown prince was likely responsible for ordering the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi. While the U.N. continues to investigate, the brazen act of violence against a journalist led to widespread condemnation of the Saudi government in recent months.

Who’s in the field

It’s a star-studded list. There’s World No. 1 Justin Rose, fresh off another win at the Farmers Insurance Open. Bryson DeChambeau won the Dubai Desert Classic this weekend and is in the field as well. They will be joined by Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and more.

Who’s not in the field

Paul Casey, a UNICEF ambassador, spoke out against the event last week and confirmed his intentions not to attend. Last fall, Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a $3.3 million appearance fee, the largest of his career, and declined his invitation to the event. His agent did not comment on why Woods had declined the invitation. Woods hasn’t played an overseas event besides the British Open since the 2017 Dubai Desert Classic, where he withdrew after the first round.

 

What players have said

Justin Rose brushed off the controversy in his winner’s press conference at the Farmers Insurance Open. “Yeah, sure, politics. I’m not a politician, I’m a pro golfer. There’s other reasons to go play it. It’s a good field, there’s going to be a lot of world ranking points to play for, by all accounts it’s a good golf course and it will be an experience to experience Saudi Arabia,” he said.

That echoed the sentiments of Dustin Johnson, who told the AP his reasoning for playing earlier this month. “Obviously, that was a concern with our team,” he said. “I’m going over there to play a sport I’m paid to play. It’s my job to play golf. Unfortunately, it’s in a part of the world where most people don’t agree with what happened, and I definitely don’t support anything like that. I’m going to play golf, not support them.

“I’m not a politician. I play golf.”

DeChambeau kept his comments to golf, too. “I think any time we’re trying to grow the game and expose the game in a positive way, that’s what we’re trying to do,” he said. Nor would Koepka dive any deeper. “I’m not going to get into it. It’s going to be an unbelievable field of golf there. Hopefully, you can spread some goodwill through golf when you’re there.”

Casey explained his reasoning last month while acknowledging the grey areas of other host sites. “There are a lot of places in the world that I have played and continue to go, which you could question … some human rights violations that governments have committed,” he said.  “I thought I’d sit this one out.” He reconfirmed his absence in an Instagram post.

Pelley and the European Tour have lessened their outward excitement about the event in recent months. After crowing about the exciting possibility of bringing golf to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the tour left the Saudi event off its season-opening press release.

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By T.J. Auclair

The new year has arrived and a lot of you golfers out there might be uttering the words, “new year, new me.”

Most of us make New Year’s resolutions and, unfortunately, most of us fail to see them through for all 365 days.

If your resolution involved improving your golf game in 2019, here’s a list of things you can do every day/week — even if you’re in the bitter cold like a lot of folks right now — to help you achieve those goals.

And, once it warms up in your area, you can take all five of these drills outside.

5. Exercise. Yeah, we know. That’s what we should be doing every day anyway, right? But when it comes to golf, you don’t want to be tight. There are a number of stretches you can do right from your desk while reading emails that will benefit your arms, shoulders, neck, back, hips and legs for golf season.

Even better, place one of those handy, elastic, tension bands in the top drawer of your desk.

4. Take 100 swings per day in your house or garage… without a golf ball. The best players in the world visualize the shot they want to hit before they hit it. With a drill like this one, you’re going to be forced to visualize, because there’s no ball there to hit. If you’re able, place a mirror in front of you and pay attention to the positions of your address, takeaway, the top of your swing and impact position as well as follow through. Do it in slow motion. Become an expert on your swing.

3. Work on your chipping. Can’t do it outside? No worries. You can purchase a chipping net, or even put down a hula-hoop as a target. Get a few foam golf balls and a tiny turf mat to hit the balls off of.

Will it produce the same feel as a real golf ball? Of course not. But what it will do is force you to focus on a target and repeat the same motion over and over. After a long layoff, “touch,” is the first thing that goes for all golfers.

This will help you to work on some semblance of touch all winter long.

2. Practice your putting. Anywhere. All you need is a putter, a golf ball, a flat surface and an object — any object — to putt at. If you’re so inclined, rollout turf can be purchased for around $20 with holes cut out.

Since the greens are where you’re going to take most of your strokes, doesn’t it make sense to dial that in whenever possible? It can be fun too. Does your significant other, roommate, or child play? Have regular putting contests.

The feel you gain during those sessions may not seem like much, but man will they come in handy when your season begins on the real grass.

1. Make a weekly appointment with your PGA Professional. Even in areas of the country that are suffering through the cruelest of winter conditions, you can always find a place to hit golf balls inside. Contact your local PGA Professional to find out where places like this in your area exist. You might be surprised at all the options you have.

With your PGA Professional in tow, you can work on your swing throughout the winter months and keep your game sharp. How nice would it be to be on top of your game as soon as the courses in your area open in the spring?

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f you’re topping your fairway woods or can’t hit them above the tree line, chances are you’re not staying in your address posture when you swing the club. If it makes you feel a little better, it’s a common fault—one that I’m going to help you correct.

Before I give you a simple swing thought to get those shots soaring, let’s talk a little about why you might be struggling to hit a 3-wood off the deck. For most amateurs, it starts with the wrong mind-set.

This is a stressful situation, because it’s not a shot you practice a lot or face more than a handful of times each round. You’re not used to pulling it off, and that lack of positive experience can produce anxiety that results in a bad swing. Another reason you struggle with these shots? You’re trying too hard to rip one high and far down the fairway. Getting home in two on a par 5, or reaching the green on a long par 4, comes from making solid, center-face contact with the ball­—not from swinging full out or trying to add loft to the shot with some body English. So swing your fairway woods without tension, and that includes pace. Don’t rush down from the top of the backswing, and don’t straighten up in the through-swing thinking this will get the ball up. On the contrary, it usually leads to that worm-burner you’re used to hitting.

Posture is the primary culprit for line drives and topped shots. If you think of the club moving along an arc determined by your posture at address, the moment you straighten up, you change the arc. Good luck hitting it in the center of the face when you do that. Things happen too fast to make the necessary adjustments.

So if you’re in need of one swing thought to help flush your next fairway wood, think maintain my address posture through impact. Feel like the ball simply gets in the way of your swing. You’re not hitting at the ball, you’re swinging through the ball.

This thought will improve your mechanics, and clear some of the clutter out of your mind that led to that nervous, clunky, rigid swing. You’ll hit the shot like you’re swinging a wedge.

Rick Smith, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, recently opened a new academy, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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Here’s how it breaks down, according to Rice’s recent study, which used a Trackman to test a ball flying 155 mph.

As you can see courtesy of the chart above, the carry change increases by about half a yard between your pitching wedge and driver, capping out at about two yards per 10 degrees of temperature. Rice also found that humidity had “almost no effect on carry,” — temperature and carry were the two primary atmospheric conditions (outside of wind, which is a different matter) that effect your golf ball.

So, if your driver carries about 250 yards in 70-degree conditions, according to Rice’s research, the same shot will travel about 254 yards in 90-degree conditions, and 246 yards in 50-degree conditions.

Altitude, as you can see above, is the other big factor. With a driver, you get an extra 2.5 yards per 1,000 feet of altitude. But that’s not all. The “optimal spin rate” with a driver, Rice explains, increases from 2,250 RPMs at sea level to about 3,000 RPMs at 10,000 feet. Why? Because the air is less dense at increased altitude, so the importance of hang time increases.

All this adds up — and it could help boost your driving stats in the process. Let’s say you’re that same guy who usually carries the ball a respectable 250 yards in 70-degree conditions at sea level, on a calm day. Go play Club de Golf Chapultepec, host of the World Golf Championship – Mexico Championship, in 90-degree heat with its overall elevation hovering around 7,000 feet above sea level, and that same 250-yard drive will now fly about 270 yards.

Just make sure, when you get back home and start boasting to your buddies about how far you’ve been hitting it, make sure to leave out all the scientific information.

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Sunday’s final stage of Web.com tour Q-School brought with it the reminder that at the margins of professional golf, the line between triumph and failure is razor-thin. Here are some of the Sunday stories from each side of that line.

First, a quick reminder of how this all works:

The champ

Let’s start with Danny Walker, a Mackenzie Tour player who played his way into the mix and then slammed the door with birdies on his final three holes, closes in six-under 30 on his final nine to win the entire event. That meant holding off a hard-charging much-heralded Norman Xiong by a single shot, and it means Walker will have full Web.com status for 2019. It also meant capping off a 33-birdie week; touche, Mr. Walker.

Cody Blick and the case of the missing clubs

Cody Blick experienced a nightmarish Sunday morning in which he put out a plea on Instagram for the return of his golf clubs, even offering a $5,000 cash reward. Things didn’t look good for Blick; even with his own clubs, he sat at 10 under, outside the cut line, and needed a major rally.

But then, using a set of sticks that included the course superintendent’s driver, pro shop wedges, a ‘random’ set of irons, and a putter heavier than his, Blick did the unthinkable. He shot 63 anyway, closing with three clutch birdies in what he said afterward was “the weirdest week of my life, hands down.” The round of nine-under sent him into a share of 25th place and was enough to impress personalities from across the golf world, including Justin Thomas.

Hot start

Tim Wilkinson birdied the first hole. He parred the second. And then he birdied eight holes in a row to get to nine under for his round through 10 holes. He added one more on No. 17 and posted 10-under 62, catapulting himself a full 50 spots up the leaderboard to finish T16.

What a way to start.

Hot finish

Steve LeBrun, a 40-year-old veteran, finished with five birdies in a row — five! — to cap off a 62 of his own and sneak inside the top 40 on the number. He went from T83 to T34 with the finishing flurry. Hat tip, too, to Jack Maguire, who birdied his final four holes to finish off a 64 that got him in on the number.

Cold close

Three players bogeyed their final hole to drop to 17 under, a single shot outside the top 40: Joseph Winslow, Yuwa Kosaihira, and Lee Hodges. During a week with so many low numbers, 72nd-hole bogeys were especially heartbreaking.

 

The horror story

Patrick Sullivan accomplished a rare feat by making a different score relative to par on each of his last five holes (we call this the large straight). But double bogey-bogey-birdie-eagle-par left him tragically one shot shy of the cut line; his finishing two-under 70 dropped him 27 spots on the leaderboard to finish T50.

The way it went down is far worse: Sullivan’s double bogey came as a result of his putting the ball off the green and…into the water.

Shot 62…needed 61

Benjamin Alvarado went seriously deep on Sunday, firing another 10-under 62 to jump from T93 into contention — but needed one more shot to sneak into the top 40. His consolation is much-improved conditional status.

Amateur status

Much-heralded amateur Braden Thornberry, the 2017 NCAA Champion out of Mississippi, fell four shots shy of the 18-under cut line and is expected to return to school. He had made earlier comments suggesting he’d turn pro if he had secured status. The other amateur in the field, Minwoo Lee, finished T67, a single shot ahead of Thornberry.

Seeing red

Every single player who finished in the top 40 shot an under-par final round. Just five players in the entire field shot over par on Sunday. Of those players, Spence Fulford fell the furthest, dropping from a secure position in T23 all the way to T85 with a finishing two-over 74.

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