Chips from Pebble Beach

by Jeff Skinner

Chip Shots…

Brendon de Jonge must not have heard about how hard the 14th hole is.  He spun his third shot back into the cup for an eagle.  That’s the shot of the tournament so far.

K. J. Choi starts off bogey, double bogey but battles back with six birdies to scramble to a one under 70 and a tie for fourth.

How the hell does Shaun Micheel birdie 14 and 15?  He picked up two strokes on the field over two of the toughest holes on the course.

How about Ryo Ishikawa with a one under 70?  His game was almost as shocking as his pink outfit.  This kid can play.

I like my short hitters hanging near the top: Mike Weir, David Toms, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Tim Clark all kept it in the short grass and are in great shape on the leaderboard.

The coolest guy in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez is tied for 29th.  We need to see more of him on the telecasts.

Unlike Tiger, I didn’t see much to complain about but ESPN’s main feed left a little to be desired, like fewer commercials and less chit chat.  Boomer should stick to football.

The long, wispy grasses that surround many of the bunkers looks great.  It gives Pebble a more “linksy look.”  However, isn’t Pebble tough enough this week?  It seems to be more penalizing than the bunker or the rough.  Just ask Ernie Els as he chunked one from the wispy stuff on seventeen.


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