Feb. 9, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Former Cal golfer Charlie Wi is tied for the lead after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Wi carded a tournament course record 61 on Thursday playing his first round at the par-70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Wi's matched the nine-under par rounds by both Dustin Johnson and Danny Lee, who both produced scores of 63 at par-72 Pebble Beach.
Wi's 61 tied his career PGA low for the third time and also tied the lowest round shot in the PGA in 2012. His 28 on the front nine set a MPCC tournament record, besting the old mark of 30 recorded by Brian Gay and D.J. Trahan in 2010.
"I didn't even have a score in mind," Wi said. "I just wanted to make sure that my execution was good out there and luckily I was able to drop some putts."
Li's round consisted of an eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars.
After three consecutive pars to start his day, he would get to six-under par quickly by the end of his front nine with back-to-back birdies on four and five, an eagle on six and another set of consecutive birdies on eight and nine. He started his back nine with a birdie on 10 and picked up two more on 13 and 15 to get to nine-under. He would make par on each of his last three holes.
"I was looking at the scorecard like, `What's the par here?' I did not know it was a par 70," Wi said. "That 59 never crossed my mind. Not once."
"It's always great to see Charlie play well," Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. "Obviously, he had a wonderful day today. We just hope he keeps playing solid golf and maybe he can get that elusive first victory on the PGA Tour. It sure would be nice if he can do it here in Northern California at the AT&T. He's worked hard and he deserves it."
Wi will play his second round at Pebble Beach on Friday, starting his round from the 10th hole at 8:55 a.m. The Golf Channel will continue coverage of the event Friday beginning at Noon, PT.