PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP)– Patrick Cantlay looked simply as great Thursday at Pebble Beach as the last round he played 18 days back.

Jordan Spieth looked as great as his last competition, too.

Coming off a 61 in the California desert followed by at two-week break, Cantlay opened with 7 birdies in 8 holes and closed with 2 straight birdies for a 10-under 62. That connected the course record at Pebble Beach last matched 24 years back by David Duval, and it offered Cantlay a two-shot lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

” I seem like I remain in a groove today,” Cantlay stated.

Henrik Norlander and 19-year-old Akshay Bhatia were at 64. Bhatia struck all 18 of the little greens at Pebble Beach, the very first gamer to do that at Pebble given that Ryan Palmer in 2008.

Spieth moved another round closer to some type of a groove. He connected for 4th recently in the Phoenix Open, his finest surface given that Might 2019 at the PGA Champion. Spieth holed out a wedge on the 10th hole for eagle and completed with 3 birdies over his last 5 holes for a 65.

It assisted being at Pebble Beach, generally the simplest course when the weather condition is dry and fairly calm. Just one of the leading 10 ratings was at Spyglass Hill. That originated from Will Gordon, who shot a 66. Spyglass played a little 2 shots harder.

” Today you required to step on the gas pedal and capitalize,” Spieth stated. And after that he thought about that his 65 was just sufficient for a tie for 4th with Nate Lashley.

” I got bested by 3 today,” Spieth stated. “I’m going to need to keep my foot on the gas.”

Rain remained in the projection over night and potentially remaining into Friday prior to returning early in the weekend.

Without viewers and without novices this year, the competition is utilizing just 2 courses rather of 3. It was more exposed than typical without grandstands behind the 6th green and neglecting the attractive par-3 seventh.

And the speed of play, with 3 pros rather of a foursome of pros and novices, was quicker.

Low ratings at Pebble Beach begin with great weather condition and making the most of the front 9, and Cantlay had both of those choosing him. He one-putted every green on the front 9, and topped off a stretch of 4 straight birdies with a 7-iron that landed beside the hole on No. 8 and left him a quick 6-footer for birdie.

The surface likewise was excellent, with a 7-iron that settled about 7 feet listed below the hole on the par-3 17th, and a cool wedge from right of the 18th green for an up-and-down and his 10th birdie.

” I believe we got Pebble in basically perfect conditions and I do not believe it’s going to resemble that the remainder of the week,” Cantlay stated. “The greens were great today and responsive, therefore I struck a great deal of great shots perfect out of eviction and made whatever. I didn’t have many long putts, however the mid-range putts that I did have I made all of them.”

Tom Kite likewise had a 62 at Pebble Beach when he won in 1983. Duval was runner-up when he had a 62 in 1997.

Bhatia has actually been depending on sponsor exemptions given that the previous Junior PGA champ chose to turn professional right out of high school. He likewise was at Pebble, beginning on the back 9 and making his rise late in the round. His last birdie was a method over a corner of the ocean to 3 feet on the par-3 8th hole, and he made a 6-footer for par on the ninth.

” Striking 18 greens out here with the greens being little assists,” he stated with a smile.

Phil Mickelson, a five-time champ at this occasion, opened with a 74 at Spyglass and will need to expect similarly good weather condition at Pebble Beach to make it.

While Spyglass was harder, almost half the 156-man field courses broke par, and one-third of the gamers shot in the 60s. The courses were prone to great scoring, specifically Pebble Beach, and it was essential for Spieth to discover some momentum he has actually been doing not have given that his last win at the 2017 British Open.

He was connected for the 54-hole lead in Phoenix and shot 72 to end up 2 behind. He’s ideal back in the mix at Pebble Beach, where he won in 2017.

” Pebble provides a great deal of accuracy and you have actually got to actually trust what you’re doing,” Spieth stated. “When the conditions were going to be simpler today, you required to type of shoot a low round and ensure you remain in this competition since it’s going to be a grind the next couple of days.”

DIVOTS: Safeguarding champ Nick Taylor opened with a 69. … Kamaiu Johnson, from the Supporters Pro Golf Association Trip, opened with an 81 at Spyglass Hill in his PGA Trip launching. Johnson was expected to play Torrey Pines up until getting a favorable test for the coronavirus. The AT&T Pebble Beach and Honda Classic provided him exemptions. … John Daly took a 9 on the 14th hole at Spyglass on his method to an 80. … Rickie Fowler struck onto the beach on the 18th hole at Pebble and made bogey for a 72, leaving him in a tie for 75th.

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