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Gay, Langley take early lead at Pebble Beach Pro

Gay, Langley take early lead at Pebble Beach Pro

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson carded a six-under 65 to share second place after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

"I think history was made as far as my career".

The last time he hit every fairway in a PGA Tour event was at Torrey Pines back in 1998, according to the Tour. "I may have done it before but I don't ever recall doing it". "I have a lot of confidence in my game right now".

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

On the three previous occasions he opened with a score of 65 or better at Pebble Beach, he went on to win. "This was a day we had great weather, courses were very "scoreable", so you needed to take advantage of that". Listed behind him are Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Knox, Martin Laird and Graeme McDowell, but I don't foresee a big week coming for any of them, either, though Fitz could be an interesting punt in his maiden voyage to Pebble.

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

Day carded seven birdies in his 65, while two-time champion Dustin Johnson and 2017 victor Jordan Spieth also took advantage of the favourable scoring conditions on the Monterey Peninsula course as they opened with 66s, while last week's Phoenix Open runner-up Branden Grace returned an impressive five-under 67 at Pebble Beach. Johnson, the 2009 and 2010 champion, opened as the heavy favorite to win the $7.6 million purse, but Mickelson has had the most career success on the course, winning four times.

Johnson said last week's victory at the Saudi International on the European Tour was important.

"I'm not the first pro that has struggled on the back nine at Pebble, and won't be the last", said Gogel, 28 at the time.

However the 13-time US PGA Tour victor responded with three straight birdies before the turn and added two more on his back nine.