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McDowell in contention at Pebble Beach, while Mickelson and Spieth in five-way tie for lead

Phil Mickelson, Lucas Glover, Scott Langley, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth are all 10 under heading into Saturday.

McDowell is still in contention in California.
McDowell is still in contention in California.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

GRAEME MCDOWELL IS still in contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after a second round 70 left him five shots off the lead, however there was less luck for Shane Lowry with a 77 leaving him four over.

McDowell, who won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach, was delighted to be competing at the Northern California course this week after a left wrist injury slowed his start to the year.

The 39-year-old added a one-under par 70 at the Monterey Peninsula course to Thursday’s four-under 68 at Pebble Beach to be just outside the leading 20.

Thursday’s first round marked the first time McDowell had played 18 holes since the third-last day of 2018.

He first thought his sore left wrist was just a minor pre-season strain, but when the pain continued he arranged for a scan that revealed a bruised lunate bone.

“I had the scan right before I was due to go to Palm Springs and they told me not to play, so I took that week off and tried to play again right before Torrey Pines and they didn’t like it, so I pulled out right before Torrey,” said McDowell, who lost his PGA Tour card at the end of last season and is now relying on sponsor invitations. “I was starting to get very frustrated.

“It was not the start to a new season I wanted but like I say, I am just extremely happy to be on the golf course and excited to hit some good looking shots, as well.”

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth were among five players tied for the lead when the second round was suspended due to inclement weather.

Pebble Beach Golf Phil Mickelson follows his drive from the 11th tee. Source: Eric Risberg

It was crowded at the top of the leaderboard before the rain hit on Friday, with Mickelson, Lucas Glover, Scott Langley, Paul Casey and Spieth all 10 under.

Mickelson signed off on a four-under-par 68, while Glover (66), Langley (69) and Casey (64) were able to complete their second rounds, however Spieth was through 16 when officials halted proceedings.

Former world number one Spieth was five under after 16 holes at the time as the American star – without a PGA Tour victory since 2017 – prepares to complete his second round on Saturday.

Four-time Pebble Beach champion Mickelson, who hit all 13 fairways for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, was one shot off the pace at the end of the opening round.

But the five-time major champion recovered from three consecutive bogeys to birdie the last and earn a share of the lead.

Australian Jason Day is a shot behind after completing 15 holes of his second round, while Scott Piercy (through 15) ended the day at eight under.

Meanwhile, defending champion Ted Potter Jr was languishing in 153rd position at 12 under overall through 17 holes.

© AFP, 2019

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