Jordan Spieth (USA) played on the 5th at Pebble Beach GC (par 72) in Pebble Beach, California, USA, on the 7th hole (par 3) of the 3rd round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am of the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, which was 5 clubs bigger than usual. He hit a tee shot with a 7-iron.
Hole 7 is a downhill 113-yard par 3 hole facing the Pacific Ocean. It is usually short enough to require a wedge shot, but it was different on this day with strong winds. On the morning of the 4th (local time), when the competition was held, strong winds of 35 to 50 km per hour blew incessantly and harassed the players.
As Spieth stood on the teeing ground, he said, “I wanted to try this shot during the practice round (not the actual game),” and said, “It was a really rough wind.” With the wind blowing from the green towards the tee box, Spieth held up a 7-iron and said, “Even if I hit a full shot, it won’t go over the green.” Spieth’s ball landed on the green about 6m from the hole and was able to keep the par. It varies from person to person, but professional players usually hit 170 to 180 yards with a 7-iron.
The third round, which was possible to play only when the club was 5 to 6 clubs larger than usual, was eventually stopped in the afternoon local time. Due to the strong wind, the ball on the green was rolling around and it was raining, making it impossible to continue the game. Between 12:12 and 20 p.m. local time, sirens sounded on the three courses where the tournament was held, including Monterey Peninsula CC (par 71) and Spyglass Hill GC (par 72) 안전놀이터. In particular, the wind that blew through the Monterey Peninsula course was strong, and it was especially severe in the 9th hole (par 3).
In this competition, where both professionals and amateurs compete, rounds are held on different courses for three days, and the final round is held on the last day after the cut passers and teams are selected. After waiting until 2:00 pm local time, the organizers eventually postponed the remainder of the third round to the next day. The sunset time was 5:37 PM, so even if the match was resumed, the third round could not be completed within that day.
Peter Malnutty (USA), who completed 12 holes in the third round, is alone in first place with an interim total of 12 under par, Keith Mitchell (10 under par, USA) and others tied for second place, and Kurt Kitayama (9 under par, USA) and others tied for second place. Followed by 4th. Jordan Spieth, who lost three strokes until the ninth hole, is tied for 63rd, down 35 places from the previous day.
Among Korean players, Kang Seong-hun (36) maintains the highest ranking with a tie for 11th place (7 under par). Kang Seong-hoon started at the 10th hole of the Monterey Peninsula Course and rose with 4 birdies without a bogey. Ahn Byeong-hun (32) tied for 38th (3 under par), Kim Seong-hyun (25) tied for 54th (2 under par), and Noh Seung-yeol (32) tied for 63rd (1 under par). You have to be in the top 65 by the third round to pass the cut.
In the amateur category, NFL player Aaron Rodgers (USA) paired with a pro and took the lead with an interim total of 25 under par, former NBA player Pau Gasol (France) tied for 9th with 16 under par, and football star Gareth Bale (Wales) with 15 under par. He is tied for 16th at under par.