Phil Mickelson hits every fairway for a strong start at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson hits every fairway for a strong start at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson hits every fairway for a strong start at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson is in a five-way tie for third place after shooting a 6-under 65.

Mickelson, who was runner-up to Adam Long at last month's Desert Classic but missed the cut at the Phoenix Open last week, hit all 13 fairways for the first time in a PGA Tour round since the Farmers Insurance Open in 1998. "I don't think I've ever done that before, certainly not in competition, so that was a bit milestone for me", said Mickelson, who could be excused for his fading memory.

A poor three-putt bogey from 21 feet at the 18th took some of the gloss off his day but he was still just three shots behind early leader Brian Gay, who shot a seven-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula where four-time victor Phil Mickelson carded a 65 and Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth opened with 66s.

It marked the fourth time Mickelson has shot 65 or lower in the opening round at Pebble Beach.

It was not just Mickelson's driver that was working.

"And I think that made a big difference and I think that rule is really turning out to be a good one".

Gay strung together five straight birdies to close his front nine, and then had three more in his final five holes.

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"I was starting to get very frustrated, so let's just say today I was very, very happy to be back on the golf course as it felt good to be out there". Korean Ho Sung Choi, whose unique "Fisherman Swing" has made him an internet sensation, shot a 1-over 72 at Pebble Beach in the 45-year-old's first round in a PGA Tour event.

Scott is joined in the field by fellow Australian Jason Day, who finished runner-up at Pebble Beach a year ago.

Dustin Johnson, not so fresh after his victory Sunday halfway around the world at the Saudi International, and Jordan Spieth each had a five-under 66 at Monterey.

The Portrush star (39) produced some vintage iron play just four months before he returns to the Monterey Peninsula for another US Open tilt.

Teeing off from the 10th, Day mixed five birdies with a bogey to make the turn at four under.

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.

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