Tim Wilkinson tied for second at Pebble Beach
The experience of growing up playing in the Manawatu wind clearly helped Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson as he raced up the leaderboard in the wind-swept Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Wilkinson, 35, shot a two-under 69 on the Monterey Peninsula Country Club in the three-course, NZ$8m tournament and at the completion of his round was tied for second today.
Wilkinson is seven-under through three of the four rounds and was four behind American leader Jimmy Walker.
The wind got so bad on the coastal California courses that balls were moving unaided and organisers were forced to suspend play.
The Kiwi left-hander shot a five-under 67 on day one of the famous Pebble Beach course on Friday then an even par-72 on the Spyglass Hill course yesterday.
His two-under 69 today was one of the day's better rounds as both the professionals and amateurs battled in the blustery conditions.
Wilkinson made three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine at Monterey before the break in play.
He strung eight straight pars together after the resumption and then finished with a birdie three.
Wilkinson is projected to leap up the Fed-Ex Championship table if he can finish well tomorrow.
He started this tournament ranked 121 and is projected to jump inside the top 35 if he stays in his current position.
Fellow New Zealander Danny Lee is also well placed.
The former US Amatuer champion was three-under and in a tie for 20th a short time ago.