Streelman, Hossler share 1st round lead at Pebble

Dean Simpson
February 11, 2018

Sharing sixth alongside world No.1 Dustin Johnson, who shot a 67 at Spyglass Hill, Percy admits he was rusty.

Hossler, who played at Texas, is part of the new generation who thought they could take on the best from when they were in college.

Although Johnson is the favorite given his track record and strong form, Mickelson's 65 on Friday created an opportunity for his first win since the 2013 Open Championship.

The four-time Major victor used his putter from just off the green and while credited with four putts on the putting surface proper it was five putts with the shortest club in his bag and an unwanted first double of the New Year.

Johnson punctuated his January 7 victory in Maui by almost holing out his tee shot on a 433-yard par-4.

Three days of good golf, great weather and plenty of laughs has put Dustin Johnson in a tie for the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"Overall, it was a great round and hopefully I can keep it going tomorrow".

Aaron Wise also had a 65. "It's fantastic. It's just relaxing to be by the ocean and to play a fantastic golf course". Suri grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and has moved up to No 66 in the world based on his play on the European Tour.

Given the conditions, the 70 at Pebble Beach felt like hard work.

"It was, for 10 holes, a spectacular putting exhibition, " Calcavecchia said.

Hossler has not made a bogey this week. "So hopefully I can fulfill that this year and play a lot and get into contention a bunch of times and get my confidence up at the start of the year". "So all in all pretty pleased".

If McIlroy needed a shot of confidence, Day was happy to provide it. Johnson got out of position into bunkers on the 10th and 12th holes for bogeys, missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 14th and flew the green on the windy par-3 17th hole, the ball finally stopping on the 18th tee.

DJ had eight birdies and one lone drop shot on his round today.

Phil Mickelson was one of six players tied for fifth at 9-under. Speith is partnering with country music's Jake Owen.

"I'm living the dream, " McIlroy said between shots Thursday at Spyglass Hill, one of three courses used in the rotation for the annual PGA Tour event that got its start in the 1930s with the backing of entertainer Bing Crosby, an avid and excellent golfer in his own right.

"You can have the distance, but you've got to hit it straight and DJ has both", Day, who won at Torrey Pines two weeks ago, said.

While Gretzky added another birdie on the par-5 seventh and a clutch par on 16 for birdie, Johnson was overpowering the seaside and tree-lined course with six birdies en route to a 5-under-par 67.

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