PEBBLE BEACH, California – Phil Mickelson has been coming to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1995 and has won it four times, so he has not achieved much on the Monterey Peninsula.
Until Thursday, when Mickelson delivered something new: he did not miss a fairway.
& # 39; The history is made today & # 39 ;, Mickelson said after 6-under-par 65 shooting on the Monterey Peninsula-job, leaving him and Matt behind Everyone shot after one round behind Brian Gay and Scott Langley. "As far as I know, it took me 27 years and a few months to hit all the fairways in a single round in competition, I may have done it before, but I can not remember that I ever did it."
His accuracy was better than his memory. According to the PGA Tour, Mickelson has done it seven times, most recently 21 years ago with Torrey Pines. Perhaps more remarkable in 1998 was that even at every shot he played from the short grass, he still had a 73.
That was not the case this time on an ideal day – perhaps the last beautiful day of the week – for scoring. More than three rain-capped tracks – the Shore course on Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach – 59 players in the 156-man field shot in the 60s.
And there was no shortage of entertainment, as usual.
Brandt Snedeker was probably not a bird when his tee on the par-5 18th lap on Pebble Beach missed left and bounced to the sandy coast. He played it from the beach back to the fairway, hit a 7-iron to 10 feet and made the putt for a 69.
"I did not hit myself, I did not fall down to get out the rocks down there – it was a bit slippery, "Snedeker said. "So it all went well, I feel like a genius now, but at that moment I did not know it."
Bill Murray kept everyone laughing, even after his round, when a volunteer asked him his cap to draw. Murray saw that Pat Perez had already signed it, looked at the scribbling on the cap and said, "He spelled his name wrong."
And there was a lot of good golf on the way. Gay finished his first nine on Monterey Peninsula with five straight birdies. Langley, who participated in Pebble Beach in the United States on a small amateur award in 2010, made seven birdies in a 10-hole course in the middle of his round on the Monterey Peninsula. He ended up with a bird to pull, even with Gay.
Cody Gribble had a 6-under 66 on Spyglass Hill, and Si Woo Kim had a 6-under 66 on Pebble Beach.
Dustin Johnson, not so fresh after his victory Sunday halfway the world at the Saudi international, did not look any worse for wear and tear. He had a 5-under 66 on Monterey Peninsula despite a few hesitant moments late when he blasted a bunker shot on the 15th hole for his only bogey and drove into bushes and had to take a penalty on the par-5 16th, where he managed to score
rescue. He played in his usual group with the hockey figure Wayne Gretzky, Jordan Spieth and the country singer Jake Owen. Speeth got ready for birdie and made many others to join Johnson at 66.
It was not easy for everyone. The defending champion, Ted Potter Jr., made two birdies on his first nine holes at Spyglass and still made 42. The next nine were not much better, and his 82 matched his high score on the tour.
A there were a few clouds from the Pacific Ocean, with more on the way. The forecast is for rain and wind at various points in the next two days, perhaps until Sunday. The starting times were increased by one hour on Friday.
"If you do not score well here, you put yourself a bit behind, and it's hard to make up when we got it again because you" try to force it, "said Spieth." I have not the feeling that I have to force something tomorrow. "
Johnson does not worry about much, including the weather, he looked left to the sun over the ocean and said:" I would like this again the rest of the want to have a week. "He said there was little chance, Johnson shrugged his shoulders
" I do not mind, "he said." I like to play in bad weather. "
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