Charlie Wi leads, Padraig Harrington chasingIreland’s Padraig Harrington moved into a share of third place at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, as Charlie Wi opened up a three-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.
Avoiding the worst of the afternoon weather at Pebble Beach, South Korean Wi holed a wedge for eagle on the 13th en route to a 69 that lifted him to 12 under.
Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner of this event, went round Spyglass Hill in 72 to lie second, while Harrington recorded five birdies in his first seven holes before eventually signing for a 66 at Pebble.
He was one of five players on eight under, along with New Zealander Danny Lee, who followed his opening 63 with a one over 73 at Spyglass.
Former World Number One Tiger Woods was a further two shots back, having managed just a 68 at Monterey Peninsula, the easiest of the three courses.
Woods told the PGA Tour website: “Drove it good again today, unfortunately just didn’t make enough birdies.”
Lying in a tie for 16th, Woods added about the deteriorating weather: “The golf course got a little interesting coming in.
“I was hitting the ball in the wrong spots. And the greens started to get a little bumpy with the softer conditions.”
Commmenting on his round at Pebble, Wi added: “The greens were very firm, and the guys that shot eight or nine under out there, I was very surprised how well they played. Some of the pins were really tricky.
“I said, `Gosh, how did they shoot nine under out there?' And for me to shoot three under today, I was very pleased.”
England’s Greg Owen added a 67 to his opening 68 to sit in a nine-way tie for eighth at seven under.
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