Soggy AT&T. Andrew Loupe Leads at a Still Incomplete Round 1 February 07 2014
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Andrew recorded an impressive -8 under par 63 in the first round of the AT&T, on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsular.
Monterey Peninsula played the easiest, and Andrew took full advantage of that opportunity. He never really had to scramble for a par, and missed only one fairway, added to that only two of his birdies were from over ten feet. This was his first trip to the area, and it was everything he imagined, but this is only the first round;
"This place is amazing, I really just stick to the plan and I know that my group is good. I have one hundred percent trust in my swing coach, my family, my trainer. I guess when you're in those ruts, I just kept telling myself, you're supposed to be here, you're going to play good, just keep playing. This is just one round, guys, but I feel good. I did miss a few cuts coming into Sawgrass and played good, and I just knew that I could do it again. Would I like to play more consistently? Yes. But I just want to keep this rolling."
There are five players tied in second position at -5 under par. four of them playing at Monterrey Peninsular, they were Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Scott Gardiner and Richard H Lee. The only exception is Jimmy Walker who played Pebble Beach.
Defending Champion Brandt Snedeker had a an even par round 72 at Spyglass Hill, leaving him down tied in 97th place.
Jordan Spieth had the best round at Spyglass Hill, a -5 under par 67, tied in seventh place and said he was playing safe on a good day to be playing Spyglass;
"It was more of an effort just to really play safe on the harder holes. The par fives you can take advantage of out here. I three-putted the first par 5 for par, but bounced back on the other par fives. And then I finally made some putts on the back nine. We picked a great day to have Spyglass."
Dustin Johnson,who is a two-time winner of this event, had a -4 under par 68 at Spyglass Hill playing with his future father-in-law, hockey great Wayne Gretzky.
Wayne said he was happy for Dustin, he was here just for fun;
" More happy with the fact he was four under today and it's a tough course. I'm here for fun, he's here for work."
Phil Mickelson, playing with Condoleezza Rice, and a four-time champion here, was at -5 under par through fifteen holes when the round was stopped because of darkness.
The AT&T saga continues.