McIlroy elected to putt from distance from off the putting surface and saw his well-judged eagle attempt run six feet past, only for his hole to quickly unravel in the space of a couple of minutes. "I just felt like I played really solid, hit a lot of really good shots, hit a lot of good putts and it was a pretty easy day". "And I'm out there going, 'OK, I'm going to work a draw there because if I miss it right it's in a better spot". Spieth knows he needs to solve his putting issues sooner rather than later, or risk sliding down further down the rankings. "If they didn't, move on and hit as many greens in regulation as possible". "I can't remember the last time the AT&T had this many top players", Martin says. It's not like I need to urgently get out and play well this week and everything's riding on this week.
The proof is more in the statistics than the results.
What's not lacking is his self-belief.
"I certainly want it".
Just going through just a minor slump that is just setup related.
He is at one-under heading to his third round at Pebble.
Predicted Performance McIlroy's game has been impressive since his return and although he has had chances to win already, it has not quite clicked to the level he can achieve. Pebble Beach is the start of a stretch in which the four-time major champion plans to play six times in the next seven weeks. The pair have teed it up together multiple times at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which should only stand them in a better position. The biggest difference between the two - excluding the magnificent weather for the week - is how he feels about his game and his outlook.
"Every mindset that I take into every tournament should be like, 'This could be my last tournament, '" Day said. "I'm very optimistic about this weekend and I'm optimistic about the year". If that doesn't get your golf-watching juices flowing a little bit, then it might be time to take up a different sport.
Despite the venue's fame, the event had been mostly ignored by the world's elite in recent years but it has regained its attraction with the top players embracing the pro-am format.
Johnson won this tournament in 2009 and 2010, and he nearly secured a third tournament win in 2014. He added two more bogeys on the way to a three-over 74. He shot 82 that day.
Johnson opened the year with an eight-shot victory at Kapalua and a tie for ninth in Abu Dhabi.