“I’m looking to get the guys to play more relaxed and have fun, and obviously we want to win,
and it seems like Fred’s put together a formula
where they came out firing and relaxed and made
some great pairings. So, he and I have already
talked a lot, and he would be high on my list.
“Obviously, he’s in the running to be The Presidents Cup captain again because he did so well
that the players want him back. I know he wants
to be captain of The Presidents Cup team again,
and we’ll see where that goes in the next couple
months when Tim (Finchem) announces.”
double-eagle two on his second hole – the
528-yard 11th at Spyglass Hill. The long-hitting
Bramlett, a 2010 Q-School graduate who
finished No. 196 on the 2011 money list, holed
a 6-iron second shot. It put him at 10 under
before he struggled to the finish line, shooting
73. He was 6 under through 54 holes.
“I blocked my tee shot down the right side,”
Bramlett said. “I had about 187 to the flag, about
174 to the front, and actually kind of awkward lie
in the rough, ball was sitting in some dirt just up
against some grass. Came off like a laser. Just
right on line the whole time and went in.
“My first double-eagle. I’ve had three
holes-in-one and now I got a double-eagle. It
Ken Duke’s opening 64 at Pebble Beach
featured a record 28 on the back nine, with six
birdies and an eagle two on the 403-yard 16th.
“I just kind of hit it close the whole back nine
and dunked the one on 16,” said Duke, who
holed a 140-yard shot. “Records are made to be
broken, but it’s just great to be here at Pebble.”
Duke, 43, is back on the PGA Tour this year
after two years on the Nationwide Tour.
“I just changed a lot in my personal life and
my workout,” he said. “I started working out,
and lost a lot of weight and got stronger that
way. Everyone’s doing it, and I don’t know why I
didn’t do it earlier.
“It’s one of those things that you have to just
make a commitment and do it, and I’ve just
gotten better on things around the golf course.
Just trying to be patient and trying not to force
everything instead of just letting it come to you.”
The four men who purchased Pebble Beach
in 1999, Arnold Palmer, former Los Angeles
Olympic head and baseball commissioner Pe-
ter Ueberroth, actor (and local resident) Clint
Eastwood and former United Airlines CEO A
Former Stanford star Joseph Bramlett,
playing on a sponsor’s exemption, briefly put
himself into contention Saturday when he made
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