PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Going into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, much was being made of Dustin Johnson, the two-time defending champion, finding a measure of revenge for the disaster that befell him in the final round of the U.S. Open when he lost a three-shot lead with a closing 82. If that's going to happen, Johnson will, indeed, have to wreak havoc on Pebble Beach on the weekend since he's at even par through 36-holes and 12 shots behind the leader, Steve Marino.
This time, instead of Pebble's second and third holes, it was at Spyglass Hill where
Johnson found disaster. He made a snowman on the 370-yard fourth when he drove
it 30 yards left of where he was aiming into a terrible lie. That was followed by a series of bladed wedges and a penalty shot. "I was trying to get it back on the grass," said Johnson. Even with the eight, he shot one-under 71 at Spyglass.
More problematic, however, is the trouble Johnson is having finding a new driver. The one he used in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines has suffered some kind of wardrobe malfunction. "I can't see a crack in it," said Johnson, "but something's going on." He replaced it in the bag this week but hasn't been able to dial in the new club. "Once you get one you like, it's hard to find a new one," he said. Through two rounds Johnson found fewer than half the fairways at Spyglass and Monterey Peninsula GC. No one knows better than Johnson that Pebble Beach is no place to be playing from the wrong side of the ropes.
-- Jim Moriarty