Rose has 2-shot lead at wind-delayed Pebble

Rose has 2-shot lead at wind-delayed Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Justin Rose was a steady presence on a day of weather that changed by the minute, playing 19 holes in 9 under par and leaving the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the dark Sunday with a 2-shot lead.

The final round of the wind-delayed tournament was to be completed Monday morning, and the 42-year-old Rose was in position to win for the first time in four years.

He was at 15 under par through nine holes — his shot safely in the 10th fairway — when the final round was stopped as the sun dipped behind the Pacific horizon.

Denny McCarthy, who started the final round 6 shots behind, shot 29 on the front nine at Pebble Beach to soar into contention. He chose to continue the 16th hole, hitting his approach to 15 feet and then choosing to mark his ball and stop for the night.

He was at 13 under par along with Brendon Todd (through 12 holes) and Peter Malnati, who was in the final group with Rose.

Rose was around the middle of the pack when he returned to Monterey Peninsula on Sunday morning to resume the third round. It was his golf ball blowing some 4 feet on the ninth green that led officials to stop play a day earlier.

Rose had hit 5-wood to 3 feet on Saturday. He made the 7-foot putt Sunday morning, and he was on his way, playing 10 holes in 6 under for a 66 that gave him a 1-shot lead.

After a slow start to the final round — a bogey at the start, even par through some of the scorable sections of the front nine — Rose drilled a long iron from the fairway bunker up the hill to 8 feet on the par-5 sixth hole for eagle and followed that with an 18-foot birdie putt on the seventh to expand his lead.

Sunday featured wind, rain, briefly some hail and sunshine, and that was all in the three hours to complete the third round in the morning. By late afternoon, players went from umbrellas to seeing shadows in a span of 15 minutes.

The toughest stretch for Rose could await Monday, depending on the wind. If the forecast holds true — that’s a big if at Pebble — the final stretch of holes has proved to be the most difficult. Six of the final seven holes have ranked among the eight hardest for the final round.

Taylor Pendrith of Canada was among 20 players who finished. He went out in 31 and played bogey-free for a 64 to post at 12 under 275. That was 3 shots behind Rose, but it was worth sticking around to see how it unfolded.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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