Today is cut day at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, California. After 54 holes of play, the field of individual players is cut to the low 60 scorers plus any ties. Interestingly, with this tournament, the players between 61st and 70th plus ties, will receive both official money and FedEx Cup points.
The cut line looks like it is going to be one under par for the tournament, with those above playing on to Sunday and those below being sent home. Let’s take a look at a few golfers flirting with disaster and some who have already sealed their own fate.
It was written yesterday that Geoff Ogilvy was going to need to have a big weekend to crack the top 64 golfers in the new World Golf Rankings and qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Ogilvy has struggled this year, missing the cut in two of the three tournaments he played in 2013. This weekend is going to be no different, with Ogilvy sitting at three over par for the tournament after a 73-74-70 in the first three rounds. Ogilvy is four strokes off the cut line and has no hope of seeing Sunday.
Another interesting name below the cut line is Dustin Johnson, who has multiple wins at this tournament after victories in 2009 and 2010. Johnson, who is currently up for player of the month honors after his win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, shot a two over par 73 in the opening round before fight back to even par with a second round 69. Johnson was flirting with another round over par on day three, at one over par with one hole to play, and sitting two strokes back from the cut line. Johnson needs help and lots of it to stick around for another day at Pebble Beach.
Phil Mickelson, the defending champion and four time winner of the tournament, who made headlines last week with his dominating, wire to wire performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, looks like he may be safe for Sunday, but don’t chisel that in stone just yet. Mickelson stumbled, both figuratively and literally Saturday, as he shot a one over par 73 and lost his balance and fell on his backside while searching for his ball on the rocks off the 18th hole after and errant drive. Mickelson may survive the cut, but a fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am title and back to back wins does not appear to be in the cards, or rocks depending on where you are looking.
While the third round comes to end, the cut line will continue to be an interesting development to see who makes it to the final round and who does not.