|World No 1 golfer Dustin Johnson. – Photo thestate.com|Viet Nam News
SAN FRANCISCO — World No 1 Dustin Johnson got off to a hot start, but it was Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler who shared the first-round lead on seven-under par on Thursday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Streelman had seven birdies without a bogey in his 65 at par-72 Spyglass Hill, one of three courses in use for the tournament. Hossler nabbed seven birdies at par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Johnson, winner of the event in 2009 and 2010, birdied five of his first 11 holes at Spyglass, finishing with six birdies and a bogey in a five-under 67 that left him two shots off the lead.
The world number one, playing his first US PGA Tour event since winning the Tournament of Champions last month, played alongside defending champion Jordan Spieth, who had one birdie and one bogey in an even par 72 that left him well off the pace in a tie for 98th place.
Northern Ireland’s world number eight Rory McIlroy had six birdies and two bogeys in his four-under 68 at Spyglass.
Five-time major-winner Phil Mickelson made the turn at Spyglass two-over after three bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, but birdied five of his last eight en route to a three-under 69.
World number two Jon Rahm, playing at par-71 Monterey Peninsula, birdied his last three holes to sign for a four-under 67. — AFP