Rod Perry’s second consecutive day on the Monterey Peninsula left him touring more of Spyglass Hill Golf Course than he intended, and he struggled to a 5-over-par 77 in Friday’s second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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In October 1997, John Denver played his last round of golf at Spyglass Hill before his fatal test flight over the Monterey Peninsula. He loved to play golf, especially on the Monterey Peninsula, and was a regular at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am among other celebrity events.
Denver's 1981 hit song, "Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stone," aptly fits the challenges of golf and life. It also could have been the theme for many players on Friday.
After a promising 69 in the opening round at Pebble Beach Links, Perry endured a six-hour round that left him working hard to make the 54-hole cut. On Saturday, Perry will play the 6,838-yard course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, a layout that averaged nearly two strokes easier Friday (71.34 to 73.19).
“Long! Just a long day on what is easily the toughest golf course of the three in this tournament and perhaps the toughest on the Monterey Peninsula,” said Perry, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, Fla. “Spyglass is an absolute monster. It was wet, the rough was up and the wind gusted most of the day. They could hold any championship here and test the best players in the world.”
The reigning PGA Professional National Champion and the 2013 PGA Professional Player of the Year, Perry concluded a rain-delayed first round at 9:03 a.m., then had barely 45 minutes to head to Spyglass Hill. He has a 36-hole total of 2-over-par 146.
Perry birdied the first hole at Spyglass, knocking an 8-iron approach to four feet. He spent the rest of the day enduring four bogeys and a double bogey.
“That lone birdie came six hours ago,” said Perry. “I’m hoping that I can have a chance at more flags tomorrow at Monterey. It is s a lot of fun to be playing in this event.
“It is a blast to be a part of it, to have a chance to be part of any event that is at Pebble Beach. I’m looking for a better day tomorrow, and one that is hopefully without the same wind.”