PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — lifesaver.
Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor-director quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.
“I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John, 50, said Friday. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”
Eastwood said it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.
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“I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. “It looked bad.”
Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and these days as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised more than $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event played at three different courses.
On those courses Friday, Texans Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth were tied for the lead after two rounds.
Walker avoided bogeys at Spyglass Hill with a 3-under-par 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he birdied the final hole for a 67 to join Walker at 9 under. Hunter Mahan was one stroke back after a 68 at Spyglass.
Richard H. Lee, a former Washington Husky, was fifth at 6 under after a 72 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
As for other ex-Huskies, Chris Williams (70 at Monterey Peninsula) was tied for 28th at 3 under and Alex Prugh (75 at Spyglass), who is from Spokane, was tied for 127th at 5 over.
Michael Putnam (71 at Monterey Peninsula) from University Place was tied for 28th at 3 under. Kyle Stanley (69 at Monterey) of Gig Harbor was tied for 81st at even par.
Monterey Peninsula is considered the easiest of the three courses in the rotation.
D.A. Points was disqualified because he used a training device — a stick with a sponge ball attached — while waiting to play the 18th hole at Pebble Beach.
Allen shoots a 60
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Michael Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 in the Allianz Championship, finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies.
Allen, 55, became the ninth player in the history of the 50-and-over Tour to shoot a 60 — and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course. He opened his round on the 10th hole and played each nine in 6-under 30 on The Old Course at Broken Sound.
“The story of my career — almost,” said Allen, who was winless in 369 starts on the PGA Tour. “After I missed that birdie putt on No. 6, I kind of figured it wasn’t happening.”
Allen, who has five Champions Tour victories, said of his round, “It seemed really easy.”
Scott Dunlap was second at 63.
Woods shares lead
GOLD COAST, Australia – Cheyenne Woods, top-ranked Tiger Woods’ niece, shot a 6-under 67 for a share of the second-round lead in the Australian Ladies Masters.
“It was a great day today,” said Woods, who is seeking her first professional victory.
South African Stacy Lee Bregman also shot a 67 to match Woods at 10 under at Royal Pines in the event sanctioned by European and Australian women’s tours.
Meanwhile, eight-time winner Karrie Webb was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Hall of Famer Webb, the winner of last year’s tournament, signed for a par instead of a bogey on the 12th hole. She shot a 75.