Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

In 2018, Ted Potter, Jr. prevailed over Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and two-time Pebble Beach victor Dustin Johnson. "I'm not going to chase them as hard as I tried to maybe force or chase them previous year because you can get hurt doing that".

Graeme McDowell sits three shots off the lead after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

On this day 19 years ago, February 7, 2000, Tiger Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

"So, if I just think about it that way, it kind of certainly makes me a little happier, frees me up a bit".

Also contesting the event played across US Open rotational venue Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club are Australians Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling John Senden, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Ryan Ruffels and Cameron Davis.

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Mickelson still needs to capture a first US Open to join just five other players, including long-time arch-rival Tiger Woods as a member of golf's most-exclusive club - "The Grand Slam Club".

"I've just got a clearer head", the former world No.1 said. He birdied his last hole to reach 10-under par, joining Lucas Glover (66 at Pebble Beach) and Scott Langley (69 at Spyglass Hill).

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of the highest-profile tournaments on the PGA Tour due to its strong field and number of high-profile actors, sports stars and musicians playing on the amateur side of the draw.

Gay made rapid strides up the leaderboard when he reeled off five consecutive birdies and added three more over the last five holes to post a 64 which was later matches by Langley, with both leaders making their scores at the Monterey layout. The players will likely have to shrug off foul weather heading toward the Monterey Peninsula.

The South African was five under after only six holes with three birdies and a superb eagle at the second, but he did not manage another gain until the 18th as he settled for a share of ninth place with Johnson and Spieth. "But I am looking to build off something this week to get this season kick-started really".

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