PEBBLE BAY, Calif. Justin Rose was a steady presence on a day of weather that changed by the minute, playing 19 holes in 9 under par and leaving the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the dark Sunday with a 2-shot lead.
Monday morning saw the end of the wind-delayed tournament. Rose, 42, was in position for victory for the fourth time in four years.
He was at 15 over par through nine holes. His shot was in the 10th fairway.
Denny McCarthyHe shot 29 on the Pebble Beach front nine to climb into contention, starting the final round 6 shots behind. He decided to play the 16th hole and hit his approach to 15 yards. After that, he marked his ball and stopped for the night.
Rose was in the middle of the pack on Sunday morning when he returned from Monterey Peninsula to resume the third round. Officials stopped play on Sunday morning because Roses golf ball was blowing 4 feet from the ninth green.
Rose had hit 5-wood to three feet on Saturday. Rose made the 7-foot putt Sunday morning and was on his way. He played 10 holes in 6 under for a score of 66, giving him a 1-shot lead.
Rose made a slow start to his final round, with a bogey at start and par through some scorable sections of front nine. He then drilled a long-iron from the fairway bunker to 8 feet on the par-5 sixth to make eagle. Rose followed that up with an 18-foot birdie on the seventh to increase his lead.
Sundays weather was a mix of rain, wind, hail, and some sunshine. It took three hours to complete the third round. In a matter of fifteen minutes, players had gone from seeing shadows to umbrellas by late afternoon.
The wind conditions could make Monday the most difficult day for Rose. If the forecast holds true, which is a big possibility at Pebble, the final stretch of holes will be the most difficult. Six of the last seven holes ranked among the top eight most difficult for the final round.
Taylor PendrithCanada was among the 20 players who finished. He finished in 31 and shot a 64. This was enough to get 12 under 275. Rose was 3 shots behind, but it was worth staying to see how it all unfolded.
Rodgers did his fair share of the heavy lifting. Silverman, who was coming off a Korn Ferry Tour winning, finished at 1-over 216, but missed the cut. Rodgers played off a 10-handicap and said he hadn’t played since training camp on Monday.
They finished 26 under par.
Rodgers stated that Josh Allen had told him there would be an asterisk after this win, as there were only three rounds. But I think that our names will be up for a long while.
This story was contributed to by The Associated Press.