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And there were a lot of positives to take from a sunny day at Pebble Beach with minimal wind. McIlroy played alongside Phil Mickelson, who shot 31 on the back nine at Spyglass for a 69. Phil Mickelson, a three-time Pebble victor, is playing for the 23rd time. He was on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula, which plays to a par 71.
The World No.8 dropped his second shot of the day at the 16th, much to his frustration, but his round ended on a positive note when he rolled in a birdie putt on the last to complete a solid 68. "And I know with the right dedication and working on the right things that that could be achievable for me", said McIlroy, who has returned reinvigorated and with a new hunger since recovering from the rib injury that disrupted his season through the 2017 campaign. Driving the ball good.
"Chipped in for birdie, so I was like, 'You're forgiven'". "I feel great - [my golf] swing, not too much".
Beau Hossler plays his third shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
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Seamus Power finished the first day on one over with Padraig Harrington already adrift on four over.
Sponsor's invite Paul Dunne equalled McDowell's round of one-under around the more testing Spyglass Hill.
"This is as good as it gets", Hossler said after his opening round at Pebble Beach.
Fresh of his US PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines, Day has rocketed up the leaderboard on day two courtesy of five birdies in his first 12 holes - including four in his past five - at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
"Getting out first was nice", said Streelman, a two-time victor on the US PGA Tour who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens - and managed to get up and down at all seven of the greens he missed. Streelman will be the happier of the two having played Spyglass Hill, while Hossler was at Pebble Beach.