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Posted on: Saturday, February 13, 2010

Six-way tie for lead in National Pro-Am


Associated Press

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Parker McLachlin had a rough day at Pebble Beach, carding a 75143 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

ERIC RISBERG | Associated Press

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Given the talent on tour, Paul Goydos is not the least bit surprised that six players were tied for the lead yesterday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Being part of that group? Under the circumstances, Goydos found that highly unusual.

Goydos arrived at Spyglass Hill and headed to the putting green, only to realize he wasn't wearing golf shoes. He had left those back in his car in the main parking lot at Pebble Beach. Then, he had to tackle a course where he had never broken 70.

More than five hours and seven birdies later, he had a 7-under 65 and was part of an eclectic mix of atop the leaderboard on a day when the threat of showers gave way to sunshine along the Monterey Peninsula.

"There is no defense on any of these golf courses," Goydos said, noting that while the rain has stayed away, so has the wind that can make some of these seaside venues so tough.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was the biggest presence, even after a 2-under 68 at Monterey Peninsula.

Also at 10-under 132 were Alex Cejka (67 at Spyglass), Bryce Molder (65 at Monterey), J.B. Holmes (67 at Monterey) and Matt Jones, who had a 67 at Pebble Beach and was the only player among the leaders who has not played the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula, the newcomer to the rotation and the only course playing as a par 70 this week.

ELSEWHERE

ACE Group Classic suspended: Ronnie Black shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with Champions Tour newcomers Fred Couples and Tommy Armour III during the suspended first round of the ACE Group Classic at Naples, Fla.

Black was one of only nine players in the 81-man field to finish the round after high wind that gusted near 40 mph forced the suspension of play. Couples completed 10 holes, and Armour played 11.

Tiger's not in Match Play: Rampant speculation on Tiger Woods' returning to golf at the Match Play Championship ended yesterday when the PGA Tour released its 64-man field minus the No. 1 player.

Woods missed the deadline for entering the Match Play Championship next week in Arizona. The indefinite break goes on.