Pebble Smiles For National Close-Up

US Open Golf

The second round of the U.S. Open is under way at Pebble Beach under a thin layer of fog that might hang around a little bit longer Friday.

For a second straight day, traffic was slow moving on the Monterey Peninsula. Heavy traffic was reported on southbound Highway 1 and Highway 101. Heavy traffic was also reported on Highway 156 through Castroville.

Among the first to tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Friday was Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffmann, who ended his first round with two balls in the Pacific Ocean and a quadruple-bogey 9. He wasn't the only one to finish poorly, however.

Tiger Woods bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 74. Woods is set to tee off Friday at 8:06 a.m.

Shaun Micheel, Paul Casey and Brendon de Jonge stood atop the leader board after Round 1 with 2-under 69s. All three golfers are set to play in the morning.

Phil Mickelson shot 4-over-par 75 during a birdie-less morning round that included one shot onto the beach and another off the rock wall on 18 that went careening into the ocean.

He is scheduled to tee off at 1:36 p.m. on Friday.

This is likely the last U.S. Open at Pebble for the legendary Tom Watson who has played at Pebble dating back to his days as a college student at Stanford.

Back then he used to stop at a Monterey doughnut shop along the way and get a box of glazed.    KSBW anchor Erin Clark surprised Watson this week with a box of the donuts for old time's sake.

"They are not the best for you, but they sure taste good," Watson, 60, said.

This year will be the fifth U.S. Open at Pebble Beach for Watson, who won the tournament at the course in 1982 with a chip shot from hole No. 17.

Watson teed off at Thursday with Rory McIlroy and Ryo Ishikawa two players who would still be more than 20 years younger than Watson if they combined their ages.

But Watson said he is not at the course just to feel nostalgic.

"I am somewhat nostalgic, but I am still here with my game face on," he said. "I still want to be competitive and play the kind of golf I know I can play, and if I play the type of golf I played this past week than ... I might have a chance."

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