After one spherical on the Monterey Peninsula, there is a acquainted identify close to the highest of the standings. This is how issues take care of the opening spherical on the AT&T Pebble Seashore, the place an unusually correct Phil Mickelson trails by a shot:
Leaderboard: Scott Langley (-7), Brian Homosexual (-7), Phil Mickelson (-6), Jason Day (-6), Kevin Kisner (-6), Si Woo Kim (-6)
What it means: Many of the low scores Thursday got here from the group taking part in Monterey Peninsula, with six of the eight lowest scores recorded there. Amongst that group is Langley, who seeks his first PGA Tour win, together with the veteran Homosexual. And whereas loads of followers adopted Hosung Choi throughout his opening 73, there have been additionally loads of cheers for a sure four-time champ as Mickelson is once more within the combine after narrowly lacking out on a win at this occasion in 2016.
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Spherical of the day: Langley acquired his card again through the Net.com Tour final yr, and now he is within the combine after opening with a 64 at Monterey Peninsula. Langley rattled off 9 birdies on his spherical, together with 5 in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 12-18 as he seems to be for his first top-10 end because the 2014 Valspar Championship.
Better of the remaining: Homosexual is not recognized for his distance, however he was loads correct Thursday at Monterey whereas matching Langley’s 7-under 64. Homosexual made eight birdies in opposition to only one bogey, together with 5 birdies in a row from Nos. 5-9. He has but to crack the highest 20 in his first eight begins this season, but it surely’s no shock he is contending this week given his T-Eight end at Pebble Seashore a yr in the past.
Greatest disappointment: It was at this occasion a yr in the past that Ted Potter, Jr., slayed Goliath, toppling then-world No. 1 Dustin Johnson en path to a shocking victory. However the defending champ might have used all his Pebble Seashore magic final yr, as Potter struggled to a 10-over 82 at Spyglass Hill that left him lifeless final among the many 155-man subject.
Predominant storyline heading into Friday: Keep watch over two objects: Mickelson and the climate. Lefty will certainly garner loads of consideration as he shifts to Spyglass Hill, historically the hardest of the three-course rotation, earlier than a weekend at Pebble Seashore the place he’ll probably have an opportunity to contend simply months earlier than the course hosts the U.S. Open. However the second-round forecast can be a bit of dreary, with tee instances already moved up due to anticipated wet situations.
Quote of the day: “Historical past was made at the moment.” – Mickelson, who hit all 13 fairways at Monterey Peninsula – the primary time he hit each fairway in a aggressive spherical because the 1998 Farmers Insurance coverage Open.