Wi Leads, but Tiger Lurks at Pebble Beach: A Fan’s Take

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Charlie Wi will take a three shot lead into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Wi shot 3-under-par 69 at Spyglass Hill on Saturday, February 11. In second place is Ken Duke at 12-under-par. However the story that everyone is talking about involves the player in third-place, one Tiger Woods. Tiger had the round of the day at Pebble Beach as he carded a 5-under-par 67 to launch himself to the top of the leaderboard. I am sure the sponsors and advertisers of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am are thrilled because the ratings for the final round are guaranteed to be excellent.

One factor in the final round ratings is likely to be Tiger's playing partner for the final round, Phil Mickelson. Phil heads a group of golfers in fourth-place at 9-under-par, after shooting 2-under-par 70 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Dustin Johnson and Padraig Harrington are also on the first page of the leaderboard, but the story of the tournament is Tiger Woods.

It may be difficult to think of a scenario for the final round where Tiger Woods is not the central story, but let's not forget Tiger Woods is four strokes behind leader Charlie Wi. If Wi comes out and plays well in the final round the tournament is his in most cases. However, the last two weeks of PGA golf would tell you that Saturday's leader is not always Sunday's victor. That is especially true when Saturday's leader has never won a tournament on the PGA Tour. On the other hand, Charlie Wi is not a young player looking for his first victory, but rather is a veteran of international golf looking for his first U.S. win.

I am sure that Tiger's game plan is to come out and try to put some pressure on Wi. Woods will try to make him think about the lead, who it is chasing him and what it would mean to win this golf tournament. Wi would not be the first golfer to wilt under Woods' pressure. Of course, this is not the Tiger Woods of 2000. In any case it should make for a great final round of golf. From a personal standpoint, I'm hoping that Mickelson and Dustin Johnson can play well, challenge the lead and generate a conversation that does not revolve around Wi and Woods.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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