Phil Mickelson hits every fairway and starts well at Pebble

08 February, 2019, 13:38 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
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"It was great out there today and it's nice to get off to a good start", said Gay, who has won four times on the PGA Tour, but not since the 2013 Humana Challenge.

With a 5-under-par 66 at Monterey Peninsula, Johnson sits two shots behind the leaders, Brian Gay and Scott Langley.

Phil Mickelson, trying to tie Mark O'Meara with a tournament-record fifth victory, carded a 6-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula along with Jason Day of Australia, Kevin Kisner and Matt Every. 'I may have done it before but I don't ever recall doing it'.

"(Pebble Beach) was big for that season because I felt if my putting was off, I could still win.

"I putted very well, too", said the lefthander.

It marked the fourth time Mickelson has shot 65 or lower in the opening round at Pebble Beach.

The course average at Monterey was a tasty 68.8 compared to the other two tracks (71.4 at Pebble, 72.0 at Spyglass).

"So, if I just think about it that way, it kind of certainly makes me a little happier, frees me up a bit". They are tied for second with South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who posted the low score on the Pebble Beach course, and Cody Gribble, the low man at Spyglass Hill on Thursday.

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Everyone in the field plays each of the three courses, before the cut is made for the final round at Pebble.

The former world number one triumphed 11 times on the PGA Tour before turning 24 but is coming off the first disappointing year of his career.

When he won the 2017 British Open aged 23, Spieth was on a steeper trajectory of major championship wins than Tiger Woods at the same age.

Meadow (27) notched four birdies in a three-under 70 at the Creek Course in her first event back on the LPGA Tour to trail England's Felicity Johnson by five shots.

Spieth was even at the turn but ran in five birdies coming home.

"There's a few things within our family that go back to this place, where my grandfather grew up here", Mickelson said.

Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine, said getting off to a fast start was critical with 100 percent chance of rain in Friday's forecast and the weekend likely to be very wet as well. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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