Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Mickelson hits every fairway and starts well at Pebble

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Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 10:56

Mickelson started slowly with two birdies and a bogey on the front nine before erupting down the stretch with five birdies and four pars.

Brian Gay and Scott Langley shared the lead after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am US PGA Tour event in California on Thursday.

"If I think about it that way it it certainly makes me happier, frees me up a bit".

"I may have done it before, but I don't ever recall doing it", a satisfied Mickelson said afterwards.

Mickelson, who is chasing his 50th career victory, was flawless from the tee as he hit 13 out of 13 fairways - the first time he recorded a 100 per cent success rate in that department on the PGA Tour since 1998, although he was unaware that he had managed this before.

It was not just Mickelson's driver that was working.

"Very important, just to get the confidence up", he said.

"My speed was off".

Frank Robinson (1935-2019), trailblazing Major League Baseball manager and Hall of Fame player
Robinson led the Orioles to their first championship that October. " Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies". But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable.

"I was even through five holes and then I made a nice little run".

NOTES: The 2019 U.S. Open will be conducted at Pebble Beach for the sixth time in June. 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.

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

Third-ranked Dustin Johnson, a two-time AT&T Pebble Beach, 2017 champion Jordan Spieth, who birdied five of the last nine holes, Keith Mitchell and Austin Cook all shot 5-under 66 at Monterey Peninsula.

Day, Johnson and Spieth are all part of the world number one club.

"I might not have as much (flexibility) compared to the other Tour players but I do what I can with what I have".

EUROPEAN/LPGA: At Barwon Heads, Australia, Felicity Johnson made a late move up the leader board at the LPGA's Vic Open to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round.

"But I am looking to build off something this week to get this season kick-started really". Romo was on the range at Pebble Beach with a Nike Method 001 putter from Tiger Woods and a 60-degree Titleist Vokey SM7 lob wedge from Jordan Spieth.

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