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Dustin Johnson co-leads after week-low 64 02-09-2018
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson bombarded the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club with a 7-under-par 31-33=64 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, climbing into a share of the lead alongside Beau Hossler, entering the weekend on 12-under 131. World No. 1 is a two-time champ at this event but in recent years he's lost strokes to the field in his rounds at MPCC. That certainly wasn't the case today as he finished 5.77 strokes clear of the R2 field average at MPCC. In his post-round interview, he claimed to get away with a couple bad tee shots but his iron and wedge game certainly came to the rescue. Johnson racked up eight birdies to offset a lone bogey today. He's now been inside the top 10 after 19 of his 40 rounds played at the AT&T Pro-Am. This will be DJ's 14th career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR and he's gone on to win seven of those previous 13 times. That includes the 2010 edition of this event where he led or co-led wire-to-wire. Today's 64 is the low round of the week and it matches the low round of the week, in relation to par.
Rodgers kicks of AT&T Pro-Am with 70-65 02-09-2018
Patrick Rodgers
Making his tournament debut, World No. 191 Patrick Rodgers styled a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, vaulting 42 spots to T11 on 8-under 135, four back of 36-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Beau Hossler. The Stanford product's 65 today on Monterey Peninsula CC matches a season low (27 rounds), which he shot in R2 of the OHL Classic back in November. He rode that to a season-best T14 but has missed three cuts and had a mid-tourney WD at the Sony (flu) since. The 25-year-old landed 11 (of 13) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, smothering a lone walk-off bogey-5 with seven birdies at 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 and 17. He posted 1.455 putts per GIR, currently No. 1 in that stat with a cumulative 1.429, and needed just 24 total putts. After opening with 2-under 70 on Spyglass Hill, the Indiana native heads to Pebble Beach GL for Round 3.
Bogey-free Hossler shares the 36h AT&T lead 02-09-2018
Beau Hossler
Overnight co-leader Beau Hossler made quick work of Spyglass Hill, smoothing a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, maintaining his blemish-free status for the week as he enters the weekend with a share of the tournament lead on 12-under 132. The California native flashed a hot putter on day one but today was all about conservative play, letting the birdies come as they may. Hossler pelted 16 greens in regulation but couldn't keep the putter hot, taking 30 swipes with the flat stick by day's end. That was likely part of the game plan, settling for two-putt pars in exchange for a lack of blow-up holes. The 22-year-old will now sleep on his first 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR (although he did co-lead after 54 holes at this year's Shriners). The University of Texas standout will now turn his attention toward Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course for the third round. In his favor, that is the easiest course in the rotation while his co-leader Dustin Johnson will have to face Pebble Beach Golf Links in R3. DJ and Hossler are currently two clear from the rest of the field.
Stricker 6-under 65 on Day 2 at AT&T Pro-Am 02-09-2018
Steve Stricker
Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, World No. 127 Steve Stricker fashioned a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, currently up 27 places to T5 on 9-under 134, three shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Beau Hossler. This is the Wisconsinite's ninth appearance with three prior top 25s among four cashes. His best is T13 in 1995 and also posted a T23 last year (72-70-70-69). The 50-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on Feb. 23rd, is making his second start of the season after a T31 at last week's Phoenix Open. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he found 10 (of 13) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, cancelling a lone bogey-5 at 18 with four circles at 10, 11, 1 and 3, adding eagle-3 at 16. The Illinois product registered 1.733 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. After opening with a four-birdie one-bogey 69 on Spyglass Hill, he heads to Pebble Beach GL for Round 3.
Jason Day cards a clean 65 in R2 of the AT&T 02-09-2018
Jason Day
Jason Day manicured a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, vaulting himself into the top 10 with a two-day tally of 9-under 134. The Aussie squeezed out a 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill during his opening round. He moved over to the easiest course in the rota (Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course) and made things look very easy. It's often a hot putter that excels during these low J-Day rounds but today he pelted 15 greens in regulation and kept a clean card despite 28 putts. I say despite 28 putts because he also holed out for a birdie at the par-5 12th so that was 28 putts over 17 holes. Playing his 32nd round at this event, this goes in the books as his third-best round here. The Aussie will now set his eyes on Pebble Beach Golf Links for the final two rounds. He's looking to pick up his first win at this event or perhaps settle a seventh top 15 in nine tries.
Streelman dips but is bogey-free thru 36h 02-09-2018
Kevin Streelman
Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, overnight co-leader and World No. 167 Kevin Streelman tacked on a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-35=69 on Day 2 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, dropping four places on the live leaderboard to T5 on 9-under 134, one back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead though three shy of the leaders on the course. After a blemish-free 7-under 65 (Spyglass Hill), the 39-year-old co-led with Beau Hossler. It was just his third 18-hole lead/co-lead in 282 career events, first since T1 at the 2017 Sanderson Farms (finished T18). Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Duke alum landed 11 (of 13) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, conjuring two circles at 15 and 16. He posted 1.933 putts per GIR, needing 32 total putts and heads to Pebble Beach GL for Rounds 3.
Ángel Cabrera WDs during R2 of AT&T Pro-Am 02-09-2018
Angel Cabrera
Ángel Cabrera called it quits during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There was no injury cited and he will continue to play with his amateur partner in the pro-am portion of the event.

PGA TOUR Media (Twitter)
This is a strange one. Cabrera carded a 6-over 78 in round one and today was sitting a 16-over for the tournament at the time he withdrew (16th hole). El Pato is clearly struggling with his game, failing to record a top 30, worldwide, since a T24 at the 2016 Masters. He's played 36 events since that last top 30. Cabrera is usually on top of his social media updates so we will provide an update if it becomes clear on why Cabrera would return on Saturday after withdrawing from the pro competition.
Julian Suri making waves at Pebble Beach 02-09-2018
Julian Suri
Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, sponsor invite and World No. 66 Julian Suri crafted a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, currently T3, which is where he began the day. The 26-year-old is a 36-hole co-clubhouse leader with Troy Merritt on 10-under 133, though two back of a pair of on-course leaders. He striped all 13 (of 13) fairways and peppered 15 greens in regulation, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at 17 with five circles at 3, 6, 8, 14 and 16. The St. Augustine, Florida, resident recorded 1.733 putts per GIR and took 30 total putts. This is his tourney debut and fourth career TOUR start with one previous cash, a T63 at the Farmers two weeks ago. The Duke product is a one-time winner on the European Tour in 17 career events (2017 Made In Denmark) and currently slots 25th on the Race to Dubai standings. He heads to Pebble Beach GL for Round 3.
Wise circles 8 birdies in R2 of Pebble Beach 02-09-2018
Aaron Wise
Aaron Wise roller-coastered his way around the host course in round three of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, ultimately ending at 3-under-par 35-34=69 to drop a few spots on the live leaderboard, entering the weekend on 9-under 134. Wise turned in a clean card in round one while facing Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course. Today, he was all over the place. The Oregon Duck circled two more birdies today (8) but also swallowed three bogeys and a double. DFS gamers will certainly be happy with the birdie production including a three-hole birdie streak to end his round. That was capped off with a 26'9" birdie bomb at the closing, par-5 18th. After pelting 16 greens in regulation in R1, he landed just 12 today. However, those 12 GIRs were good for +3.27 strokes approaching-the-green so there his irons and wedges are dialed in. Gamers should keep a close eye on the youngster as he turns his attention toward Spyglass Hill in round three.
Denny McCarthy soars up the AT&T board in R2 02-09-2018
Denny McCarthy
Denny McCarthy made a huge leap up the leaderboard in round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, styling a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 to climb 81 spots on the live leaderboard, up to T17 at the moment. McCarthy started his day on the 10th tee at Spyglass Hill, circling three birdies before the turn, taking 13 swipes with the putter. The front nine (his homeward nine) where where McCarthy made up the biggest difference over the field. He circled a birdie at the par-3 third and followed it up at the par-4 fourth with an eagle after driving the green. The Virginia alum wrapped up his back nine at three-under (13 more putts, 26 total putts). That 3-under 33 was 3.5 strokes better than the field average at the time he signed his card. This will go in the books as the low round of the day on Spyglass Hill, at least for the time being. The PGA TOUR rookie entered the week with a 1-for-7 record this season but he's found something this week.
Van Aswegen opens Pebble Beach w/ 67-68 02-09-2018
Playing Pebble Beach Golf Links, World No. 341 Tyrone Van Aswegen signed for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 after the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and a two-day total of 8-under 135, up seven spots to T9 with play still in progress. This is the South African's fourth appearance with one previous cash, a T60 two visits ago in 2016 (75-69-70-74). He arrived 7-for-9 on the season with three top 25s and one top 10, a T9 at the season-opener in Napa. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Oklahoma City University alum hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.882 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.174 around-the-green. He carded seven birdies at 14, 16, 17 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9, taking some luster off with drops at 12 and 5, and double bogey-7 at 18 (tee ball OB). The 36-year-old's split included three conversions from between 10 and 19 feet, adding a hole-out 3 at 16 from 37'10" away and a 26-footer from the fringe at 2. He recorded 1.545 putts per GIR and 1.745 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. The Texas resident heads to Spyglass Hill for Round 3.
Mickelson bogey-free 6-under 65 on Day 2 02-09-2018
Phil Mickelson
Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, four-time past champion and World No. 41 Phil Mickelson smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to reach 9-under 134, up 27 places on the live leaderboard to T5, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Troy Merritt. The Californian is the leader in all-time earnings at the AT&T Pro-Am and is making his 22nd appearance. He owns nine previous top 10s with seven of those podiums, including four wins, most recently 2012. The 47-year-old, who finished in last place (65th) last year, arrived off a T5 at the WM Phoenix Open where he was a three-time champ. He opened this week on Spyglass Hill GC and was 2-over thru his first seven holes, but has now played his last 29 holes in blemish-free 11-under. Beginning off No. 10 tee on Day 2, the Hall of Famer carded six birdies on nine (of 13) fairways and 15 greens in regulation. He circled 10, 14-16, 3 and 6, posting 1.600 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Merritt makes a mid-week move at AT&T Pro-Am 02-09-2018
Troy Merritt
Troy Merritt kept his foot on the gas with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, moving into an early share of third place on 10-under 134 with plenty of round-two action remaining. Merritt took on the host course in round one which means he navigated Spyglass Hill today. After a roller-coaster of a round on Thursday, today he avoided bogeys entirely, keeping a clean card while picking off five birdies. The highlight came at the par-4 sixth hole where he stiffed his approach to inside two feet for a tap-in birdie. Arriving with no form and an 0-for-6 record at the AT&T Pro-Am, this start is definitely out of the blue. Over the weekend, Merritt will be searching for his second career win or at least try to salvage an eight career top 10.
Rahm cards 10 birdies, 1 bogey, thru 36 holes 02-09-2018
Jon Rahm
Facing the host course in round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Jon Rahm coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67, climbing up the leaderboard to reach 9-under 134, good for a seat inside the top 10. The Spaniard took a very aggressive approach today at Pebble Beach Golf Links, pulling driver on a lot of holes, getting rewarded with +1.064 strokes gained off-the-tee. His iron game and putting were also steady, although he probably feels he left a few out there. Most of his clutch putts came on par-savers but he missed four scoring chances from inside 15 feet. For round three, he will now turn his attention toward Spyglass Hill. With potential winds in the forecast, Rahm may benefit from playing Saturday on the course that has the most tree coverage, least exposed to the coastal winds.
Peterson among notables to miss 1st Perth cut 02-09-2018
Paul Peterson
Paul Peterson bogeyed the final hole in his second round 1-under-par 35-36=71 at the World Super 6 Perth in Australia and it proved costly as he missed the cut of even-par 144 by a shot after finishing at 1-over 145. The American had put himself behind the 8-ball by following an opening 74 with bogeys at two of his first four holes today (10 and 13). But he turned it around by playing his next 13 holes in 4-under via five circles against a single square before the hard work was undone via a walk-off bogey at 9. He'd been a popular pick with gamers after a win and a T11 in Asia in the last two weeks so this one hurts. Other notables to miss the 36-hole cut at Lake Karrinyup (there is another one after 54 holes to reduce the field to 24 for Sunday's matchplay), included Andrew 'Beef' Johnston and Danny Willett. A full selection here: 145- Steven Jeffress, Jbe Kruger ... 146- Gaganjeet Bhullar, Peter Lonard, Tom Lewis ... 147- Berry Henson ... 148- Gary Stal ... 149- Andrew 'Beef' Johnston, Shiv Kapur, Richard McEvoy ... 150- Nick O'Hern, Alejandro Canizares ... 151- Danny Willett ... 152- Felipe Aguilar.
Aphibarnrat crashes late but still T8 at WS6 02-09-2018
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat looked set to emerge from day two of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia as the 36-hole leader but four late bogeys meant he had to settle for an even-par 33-39=72 and a share of eighth spot on 5-under 139 at the midpoint. That's three swings more than leaders Lee Westwood and Brett Rumford. The Thai had opened with 67 on Thursday and cruised into the lead on 9-under today thanks to red circles at 11, 14, 15 and 2 after he'd started his day at the 10th. All looked good. But a bogey-6 at 3 sparked a run of four straight dropped shots as he tumbled back to 5-under before parring his way to the finish line. He's still inside the top 24 who qualify for Sunday's matchplay but the margin of error has now diminished as there are nine players in T21 just two strokes back of Aphibarnrat at 3-under. Having won the Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015, he'll be hugely disappointed if he fails to get the chance to show off his head-to-head skills on Sunday.
Meeswat maintains top five position in Perth 02-09-2018
Prom Meesawat
Prom Meesawat kept the birdie count high in round two of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, handing in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 to reach 7-under 137 at the midpoint. It means the Thai star will start the third and final round of the matchplay portion at Lake Karrinyup in a tie for third spot and just one stroke behind leaders Lee Westwood and Brett Rumford. Meesawat swallowed bogeys at four of the par 4s today (6, 9, 13 and 18) but maintained his high position on the leaderboard with red circles at 2, 5 and 7 on his front nine and at 11, 12 and 14 coming home. It's all about jockeying for position at this stage but he has a decent cushion as he bids to make the top 24 who qualify for Sunday's concluding strokeplay section.
Westwood has share of halfway lead in Perth 02-09-2018
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood's decision to make the long-haul flight to Australia continues to pay off after he shot a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in Friday's second round at the World Super 6 Perth to go into the weekend at Lake Karrinyup CC in tie for the 36-hole lead with local hero Brett Rumford on 8-under 136. The pair are a shot clear of Thorbjorn Olesen, Lucas Herbert, Prom Meesawat and Grant Forrest. For the second day running, Westwood needed just three swipes at the par-5 15th so may be disappointed that it's not one of the holes being used in the matchplay section on Sunday. As well as that eagle, the Englishman made birdies at 4, 6, 7 and 11 whilst swallowing bogeys at 9, 13 and, frustratingly, the 18th. Still, he's in ideal position to make the top 24 who qualify for Sunday's matchplay and a top eight finish would give him the added benefit of a bye through to the last 16 of day four's head-to-head matches. It's working out perfectly for Westwood up to this point.
Rumford grinds for 1st time in World Super 6 02-09-2018
Brett Rumford
Brett Rumford failed to break par for the first time in the brief history of the World Super 6 Perth yet his level-par 35-37=72 lap of Lake Karrinyup CC left him on 8-under 136 after 36-holes and in a strong position heading into the weekend. The Western Australian has swiftly proved himself the master of this format, going 66-65-68 through three rounds last year and unbeaten in the matchplay, then opening with a 64 on Thursday. When he ticked 7 and 11 he appeared to be on target to yet again go low, but he stumbled with bogeys at 13 and 17. When he signed his card he remained tied first alongside Lee Westwood in the clubhouse with Prom Meesawat alongside them with three holes to play; should the Thai golfer gain sole possession of the lead it will be the first time Rumford has not been leading or sharing the lead during the strokeplay rounds of this tournament.
Pavan looking to complete a Karrinyup repeat 02-09-2018
Andrea Pavan styled a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to hit the halfway mark of the World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia on 5-under 139, good for T7 on the live leaderboard. The Italian, who regained playing rights at Q School in November, was T9 on this course in the 2014 Perth International and clearly likes the challenge; his card was peppered with red. He opened with birdie at the first and had added thee more at 5, 7 and 9 before the turn. The back nine witnessed par breakers at 11, 15 and 17 so as he neared the clubhouse a flawless card looked set to be signed, unlike the three bogey effort he had in round one, but he made an error on the 444-yard par-4 18th to slip two back of the early clubhouse leaders Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Herbert. He hasn't made a European Tour top ten since that effort here four years ago.
Olesen sets 36-hole World Super 6 target 02-09-2018
Thorbjorn Olesen
2014 course winner Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a share of the clubhouse lead early in round two of the World Super 6 Perth after his 5-under-par 33-35=67 second round earned a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia.
The Dane might have cruised to victory four years ago, but last year he failed to make the post-round three cut in this tournament, a fate he is keen not to repeat this week. He started his second lap with a mistake at the tenth hole, but his response was determined: a brace of birdies at 11 and 12, then more ticks at 14 and 16 before the turn. Two more par breakers came early in the front nine at 1 and 4 before he smoothed his way to the clubhouse with five pars. Lucas Herbert equalled his 36-hole tally, but only Brett Rumford, of the afternoon starters, was ahead of him on live scoring. "I really, really like this course," he said. "I'm going to play a little different if I make Sunday's match play, that's for sure. Tomorrow is the same game plan though."