Phil Mickelson hits every fairway and starts well at Pebble Beach

Virginia Santiago
February 11, 2019

With a 6-under-par 65 on a crisp, pleasing day, he shared top honors among the early finishers with four-time Pebble Beach Pro-Am victor Phil Mickelson, who also shot 65 at the Shore.

And there was no shortage of entertainment, as usual.

Brandt Snedeker probably wasn't thinking birdie when his tee shot on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach missed left and bounced down to the sandy shore. He has the best scoring average - 66.4 - on the course during the tournament since 2010 (minimum of four rounds played).

"It's about how do I improve to get myself into contention this week and then what do I do next week and just staying very present and recognising the longevity of a career", Spieth said. "So it all worked out great".

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"Now, I feel like I'm going to have a good score every time I tee it up and I haven't had that consistency for a while".

Spieth, who hasn't won since the 2017 Open Championship and hasn't had a top-20 since last year's Open Championship, took advantage of the pleasant conditions and made birdie on two of his final three holes to move up the leaderboard. He birdied his last hole to reach 10-under par, joining Lucas Glover (66 at Pebble Beach) and Scott Langley (69 at Spyglass Hill).

Defending champion Ted Potter, Jr., who held off Johnson, Day, Mickelson and Chez Reavie to win by three previous year, shot 82 at Spyglass Hill.

Spieth is part of a field that also includes world number three Dustin Johnson, who won the European Tour's Saudi International on Sunday. Defending champion Ted Potter Jr. made two birdies on his opening nine holes at Spyglass and still shot 42.

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The father of two has also tweaked his schedule to fall in line with the PGA Tour bringing its calendar forward one month this year.

The Portrush star (39) produced some vintage iron play just four months before he returns to the Monterey Peninsula for another US Open tilt.

And a few more photos of the sports power couple.

"Obviously, one week (at Torrey Pines) doesn't compare to three straight years of me playing at the highest level (between 2013 and 2016)".

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