Career non-winners on the PGA Tour, Charlie Wi and Ken Duke won't go away at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Tiger Woods, with 71 career PGA Tour wins and considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time, has not won a full field event since the 2009 BMW Championship. Charlie Wi will begin the final round, Sunday, February 12, as the tournament leader at 15 under par. In second place, at 12 under par, sits Ken Duke. Tiger Woods is a single shot further back, at 11 under par.
Playing at Spyglass Hill, Wi hit 11 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens, made three birdies and was bogey-free in Saturday's third round. His 3 under par score of 69 may not seem that impressive, but considering he has never won a PGA Tour event in more than 160 tries and is the tournament leader, this was a marvelous performance indeed. Charlie Wi won his first amateur tournament ever, the 1990 California State Amateur, at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 1990. Now, 22 years later, he has a chance to claim his first ever PGA Tour victory at Pebble Beach as well.
In Thursday's opening round, playing at Pebble Beach, Ken Duke was absolutely on fire on the back nine. With 6 birdies and an eagle, he carded an 8 under par 28, to finish the day with an 8 under par score of 64. Friday was more of a struggle, at Spyglass Hill, with four bogeys and a 1 over par 73. At the Monterrey Peninsula Shore Course on Saturday Duke heated up again, with four birdies on the back nine and a score of 5 under par 65. If he can catch fire one more time, on Sunday, Ken Duke could claim his first PGA Tour victory in more than 140 events played.
Woods has more than $94 Million in carrer earnings on the PGA Tour. He has won 14 major championships. However, it has been nearly two and a half years since his last victory in a full field event. Through three rounds at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he has shown moments of brilliance (five birdies in six holes) as well as inconsistency (only 7 of 14 fairways hit on Saturday). Tiger Woods has won at Pebble Beach Golf Links before, including at the 2000 U.S. Open when he shot a 67 in the final round.
If Tiger Woods can shoot another final round 67 on Sunday, it will be very interesting to see if Charlie Wi and/or Ken Duke can stay ahead of him to claim a first-ever Tour victory. Of course there are other golfers within reach, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson only two shots further back, who may be able to sprint past all three of our above mentioned contenders.
Harold Andrews has played golf for near 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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