Unfriendly final rounds


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Pablo Martin – playing alone in the day’s first group – rounded Pebble Beach early Sunday in just 2 hours, 39 minutes, a record to rival the 6-minute mile, and if his closing 79 is any indication those playing behind the Spaniard are in for a long day.

On Saturday Dustin Johnson’s caddie Bobby Brown said in all his years looping at Pebble Beach he’d never seen the front-right pin position officials used on No. 17. Nor have players seen a 95-yard par-3 hole in major championship play, but they will on Sunday.

On Friday, Phil Mickelson called Mike Davis, the U.S. Golf Association’s senior director of rules and competition, the organization’s “greatest asset.” But it must be pointed out that in the four Opens since Davis took over for Tom Meeks, the winner has shot par or better just once (2007, Angel Cabrera 69). The other three champions carded 2-over 72 (Geoff Ogilvy, 2006), 2-over 73 (Tiger Woods, 2008) and 3-over 73 (Lucas Glover, 2009).