PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Bill Murray would be proud of D.A. Points, the pro playing partner he abandoned this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to help promote his new movie "The Monuments Men."
Points was disqualified from the professional part of the tournament Friday when he used a practice device -- a spongy ball -- as he waited to hit a shot on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links. But he hung around Saturday to complete his obligation in the pro-am with his playing partner, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Points, who won the pro portion of the tournament in 2011 and also teamed with Murray to win the pro-am, had no thoughts of abandoning Rice and bolting the premises after his tough DQ.
"Well, it's not every day that you get to play 18 holes at Spyglass, let alone 18 holes with Secretary Rice," Points said. "And she's such a sweet, warmhearted woman and loves golf. I signed up to play the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am, it's not just about me and the golf tournament. It's about playing with our amateurs and making sure they have a good time."
Rice was appreciative.
"It meant an enormous amount to me," she said. "He didn't have to do that. I, more than anybody, know what it's like to be on the road a lot and perhaps get to go home early. But he's a wonderful, wonderful person, and it really speaks well for him and for the (PGA) Tour that he came out and played anyway."
Neither Points nor Rice will be on the course Sunday -- they finished 147th out of 156 pro-am teams.
-- Does Phil Mickelson have another final 64 in him like the one he posted two years ago at Pebble Beach to win his fourth title? Even if he does, that might not be enough to catch runaway front-runner Jimmy Walker, who is six up on the field and eight in front of Mickelson.
Mickelson understands what he has to do.
"I've got to go out and get a hot round like I did a couple years ago," he said. "I certainly think it's out there. That's what I'll be gunning for. I'm playing and hitting the ball well enough to do it."
Mickelson bogeyed his final hole at Spyglass, which left him at 1-under 71.
-- Defending champion Brandt Snedeker was never in the hunt and shot a third-round 77 at Pebble Beach to miss the cut by six strokes.
It was the first time a defending champion has missed the cut since Mickelson did it in 2008 after winning in 2007 but the fifth time it has happened in 11 years. Matt Gogel, Davis Love III and Vijay Singh missed the cut from 2003-05 after winning the previous years, respectively.
-- It wasn't a great day for former Cal golfers, all of whom had gotten off to strong starts the first couple of days but subsequently missed the cut.
James Hahn, who flirted with the top 10 on Friday, shot 10-over 81 at MPCC. Veteran Charlie Wi, who finished second two years ago, shot 8-over 80 at Pebble, while rookie Max Homa posted his second consecutive 76, this time at MPCC.
Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to make the pro-am cut. Playing with pro Jerry Kelly, he finished tied for 62nd.
-- A few familiar names did make the pro-am's top 25 for Sunday. Warriors owner Joe Lacob, despite being stuck on the course with two holes left to play, was tied for 13th and seemed to be in good shape at 17-under with pro Chesson Hadley.
-- A shot behind Lacob and tied for 20th was a large group that included Giants pitcher Matt Cain, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and hockey great Wayne Gretzky.
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