Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

Ross Houston
February 8, 2019

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.

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

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.

"I'm not going to chase them as hard as previous year because you can get hurt doing that, you can get into some bad patterns".

Mickelson opened with a six-under 65 on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three layouts in operation for the star-studded event this week, leaving the left-hander just one off the lead along with his fellow runner-up from a year ago, Jason Day.

"I think it's a big factor-you don't know how it's all going to play out, but I think that it's important to get off to a good start", he said. "This was a day we had great weather, courses were very "scoreable", so you needed to take advantage of that".

Also in the field this time are Jason Day of Australia, Tommy Fleetwood of England, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Adam Scott of Australia, Patrick Reed, long-hitting rookie Cameron Champ, Martin Laird of Scotland, Stewart Cink and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, who stepped up and won the U.S. Open when Johnson faltered in 2010.

Most unusual was Mickelson avoiding the rough.

Langley, who started on the back nine, ripped off eight birdies in a 12-hole span from No. 12 to No. 5, but he also made two bogeys on the day. "The putts went in instead of missing", Spieth said. "I ran a number of putts by, but I made a lot of them coming back and made a lot of short ones". Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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