Update: Bettencourt, who struggled to a final-round 77 Sunday at the ATandT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday, could be without his caddy, Brian Rush, for some time after Rush fell and hit his head in a hazzard off of the 18th fairway, Golfweek.com reports. (February 17)
PGA Tour rookie Tony Finau shot a 9-under 63 at Del Monte and had a two-stroke lead over Billy Andrade and Lee Janzen of the Champions Tour after Thursday's opening round of the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.
Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under-par 67 and moved within three shots of the lead at the Texas Open on Friday, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week's Masters.
Billy Horschel was one of the few players who walked off steamy Annandale Golf Course in a good mood on Friday afternoon. While others looked haggard after broiling in Mississippi's brutal summer weather, Horschel could have gone another 18.
Kyle Thompson, set to rejoin the PGA Tour after finishing 21st on the Nationwide Tour money list this year, had a hole-in-one and shot an 8-under 64 at Pebble Beach Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach
Nick O'Hern took advantage of calm morning conditions as one of the first players off the tee Thursday to shoot a 7-under-par 65 and take a one-stroke lead over Chris Riley in the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.