Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Streelman, Hossler share first-round lead at Pebble

Streelman, Hossler share first-round lead at Pebble

"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.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - The dateline is as famous as any in the game outside of St. Andrews and Augusta, and playing golf at any of the iconic courses along 17-Mile Drive is a treasured goal among avid players and hackers alike.

Four-times major victor McIlroy is using Pebble as the start of a busy PGA Tour campaign leading up to the Masters in April.

Streelman's putting skills were prompted by consistency.

It took another two putts - making it a total of four from inside six feet - to make the double-bogey.

"Hasn't been a great year on par-fives", said Rahm.

"I hit the ball well". Watch his pops walk after this putt while it's still two feet from the cup! "I was two ahead with eight to go in Dubai".

Hossler has a career-best tie for seventh at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

Troy Merritt and Julian Suri are tied for third at minus 10. One had to do with the Middle East tournaments ending a week earlier than usual, and when that happened, it gave him a week in Florida to unpack and adjust before starting his PGA Tour season. The tournament can be seen on the Golf Channel. Defending titlist Jordan Spieth, ranked No. 3, had a 72 at Spyglass Hill. It's not something to get super fired up after 18 holes, but it's something to keep an eye on as the leaders go to Monterrey over the next few days (Johnson and McIlroy both played Spyglass, too).

Johnson, playing in the event for the 11th time, made six birdies and one bogey en route to his 67 at Spyglass Hill.

"I feel like the best way to prepare you for a big week like the Masters is to be in contention, feeling those nerves down the stretch. But all in all it's a pretty solid day", Johnson told USA Today.

He won in 2009 when the final round was wiped out by rain (he had a four-shot lead over Mike Weir).

Phil Mickelson, the four-time event victor seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2015 British Open, shot a 70 at Spyglass Hill. On top of that, it is contested at three of the game's most cherished golf courses. "It can be a hard golf course". Mickelson had gone 46 consecutive holes without a bogey, though he managed only one birdie Saturday at Pebble Beach.

So I just kind of got into a place that I hadn't been before and I just got to kind of get back into a comfortable setup position and then everything will fall through from there. "I don't really know what the difference was".

Day has played well in this event previously although has yet to win.

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