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Dou deals out six birdies in R1 of AT&T 02-08-2018
Dou Zecheng
Zecheng Dou smoothed a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, grabbing an early share of sixth place by day's end. Entering on a poor run of form, Dou finally flashed some of his potential today by racking up six birdies, swallowing just one bogey on the way. Before today, he was 1-for-8 to start his rookie campaign with the long cut made being in a no-cut event. The 21-year-old split 11 (of 14) fairways today on his way toward 15 greens in regulation. That was good for +2.671 strokes gained approaching-the-green and +1.964 strokes gained putting. The youngster has five career worldwide wins at a young age but his lack of any form at the big stage makes him a big wildcard to keep his name in the mix for three more days. After facing Pebble Beach Golf Links today, he will set his eyes on Spyglass Hill in round two.
D. Johnson flings up a 5-under 67 in R1 02-08-2018
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson kept it tidy in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, cruising to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 while taking on Spyglass Hill. The two-time tournament winner had a ho-hum day around the tough, Spyglass Hill layout. He split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. His putter was steady on the tough poa annua greens, needing just 26 putts to make his way around. With Spyglass Hill now out of the way, he will turn his attention toward Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course for round two. Playing his 39th round at this event, he has now been inside the top 10 after 18 of those rounds. Gamers should look for a really low round on Friday before a tough battle with Pebble Beach Golf Links on Saturday and Sunday.
Oppenheim heats up early at Pebble Beach GL 02-08-2018
Rob Oppenheim
Rob Oppenheim is off to a fast start for a second straight year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, styling a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round one to find himself in a share of sixth place. Oppenheim might be having deja vu here as he opened the 2017 edition of this event with a 2-under 69 to sit in a share of ninth place. Conditions were a bit easier today, but his scoring was still good enough to earn a seat in the top 10. Taking on the host course on day one, the 37-year-old picked up an early highlight when he stuck his approach to 7'3" at the par-5 second hole, rolling it in for an eagle. The remaining four birdies would all come from outside 10 feet, including a 29'5" hole out for birdie at the 11th. Last year's T8 at this event is still a career best for Oppenheim. If he can keep his foot on the gas for three more days then we may start to consider him as a tournament horse moving forward. Next for Oppenheim is a second-round battle with Spyglass Hill.
Merritt makes a R1 move at AT&T Pro-Am 02-08-2018
Troy Merritt
Troy Merritt flirted with the lead in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, ultimately settling for a strong, 5-under-par 36-31=67 with Spyglass Hill next up on his agenda. Merritt entered the week on the heels of three straight missed cuts but found the cup early and often today. Starting on the back nine at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Merritt circled an easy birdie at the par-4 10th and then holed out for eagle (115 yards) for a nice bonus at the par-4 11th. After that, most of his damage was done with a hot putter, gaining 1.745 strokes with the flat stick before his day was done. On top of his poor form, Merritt also arrived with six missed cuts in six tries here at the AT&T Pro-Am. Perhaps the gorgeous weather producing firm conditions will suit him nicely this week.
Suri collects bushels of birdies in Round 1 02-08-2018
Julian Suri
Julian Suri was able to hide a double bogey with a bushel of birdies and end his day at 6-under-par 34-32=66 during the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, currently just one off the co-leaders Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler. Playing on a sponsor's invite for the third week in a row, Suri got the scoring started early today. Opening on the 10th tee at Spyglass Hill, he circled birdies in six of his first seven holes, swallowing a double bogey right in the middle of that torrid start. The poa annua green surfaces proved to be no problem for the Duke alum, needing just 24 swipes with the flat stick to make his way around. Just one year ago, Suri found himself outside the top 1,100 in the Official World Golf Rankings but he currently sits in 66th position. Proving his potential on the Challenge Tour and European Tour, Suri would love to make his presence known over the weekend here at Pebble Beach.
Wise claims a clean card in R1 of AT&T Pro-Am 02-08-2018
Aaron Wise
Aaron Wise bombarded Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-34=65 during round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, earning him a share of third place after day one. The Oregon Duck standout is making his first appearance at this event. The California native didn't have ShotLink lasers measuring his round today, but we do know that he peppered 16 greens in regulation to relieve a bit of stress on the putter. He also holed out for birdie at the par-4 8th to help in that regard. Wise ended with 29 putts on the day, anchored by a three-putt par at the 10th. The big hitter is on most gamers lists of potential breakout golfers and the stars may be aligning this week in his home state. This will be the third time in his young career that he's found himself inside the top 5 after R1, finishing T55 at the 2016-17 OHL Classic and T17 at the 2018 CareerBuilder after those quick starts. Wise will now head to Pebble Beach Golf Links for round two.
Reavie keeps it rolling in R1 of AT&T Pro-Am 02-08-2018
Chez Reavie
Last week's runner-up, Chez Reavie, kept the momentum rolling in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, smoothing a 5-under-par 33-34=67 while taking on the host course. Facing off with the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links in beautiful weather today, Reavie swallowed just one blemish today. It was a big blemish, as he recorded a double bogey at the par-3 fifth. Other than that, Reavie was on cruise control, striping 13 (of 14) fairways and gaining 1.582 strokes putting. In eight previous attempts at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Reavie has just one top 50 on his resume. All history can be pushed aside when you have someone like Reavie who enters with career-best form and confidence. He will now head over to Spyglass Hill for his second-round tee time.
Zalatoris strong in Pebble Beach-Pro Am debut 02-08-2018
Will Zalatoris
Sponsor's invite Will Zalatoris racked up a 5-under-par 34-33=67 at Spyglass Hill, giving him an early seat inside the top 10 of the round one leaderboard at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Paired with Tony Romo for his tournament debut, the California native traded six birdies with one bogey today. Zalatoris took 27 swipes with the flat stick today, helped out by a hole-out birdie at the par-5 seventh hole. The Wake Forest standout is making his fourth career start on the PGA TOUR and this goes in the books as his new personal-best round. In fact, it's his first sub-70 round in seven tries (previously 0-for-3 including a MC at the Farmers two weeks ago). Ball-striking was the name of the game today as he peppered 14 greens in regulation. The youngster has loads of potential so gamers should keep a close eye on him as the week progresses.
K. Mitchell blemish-free in R1 of AT&T Pro-Am 02-08-2018
Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell made quick work of Spyglass Hill in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, penciling a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 to find himself two back of the early pacesetters. The PGA TOUR rookie entered the week on the heels of five straight cuts made. His form is starting to simmer after three straight missed cuts to open his rookie campaign. Today, Mitchell used steady striking off the tee to split nine (of 13) fairways while finding 13 greens in regulation. From there, he took 27 swipes with the putter. With no tournament experience, it's tough to gauge where Mitchell will go from here on out, but he is definitely headed in the right direction after day one. Next up for the Georgia Bulldog is a Friday tee time at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course.
Ace rockets Cantlay into early contention 02-08-2018
Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay fired out of a cannon with a birdie-ace-birdie start, ultimately carding a 5-under-par 34-32=66 during round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, placing him just two strokes shy of the early leaders. Cantlay opened his week on the 10th tee at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course. With a pair of par 5s in his opening three holes, a fast start was likely but the hole-in-one at the par-3 11th was certainly a nice bonus. Cantlay aced that 176-yard hole with an 8-iron, his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR. After the hot start, Cantlay cruised his way toward three more birdies while swallowing a pair of bogeys. The UCLA product missed just one (of 13) fairways on the round. The California native is making his third appearance at this event and this matches his previous low round (66, R1/2013). He went on to finish T9 after that strong start in 2013.
Kuchar keeps the momentum in R1 of AT&T 02-08-2018
Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar concocted a 6-under-par 32-34=66 while facing Spyglass Hill in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, placing him just one stroke off the early co-leaders Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler. After a six-year absence from this event, Kuchar returned last year but missed the cut after carding rounds of 74-69-74. He appears to be enjoying the prime weather conditions a little bit better as he was able to circle seven birdies at the difficult Spyglass Hill layout. Kuchar shook off some rust at last week's WM Phoenix Open with a T5 and looks to be maintaining that momentum on the West Coast. Next up for Kuchar is a round-two tee time at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course. In 10 previous trips, Kuchar's best finish at this event is a T6 which came back in 2007.
Percy pushes the scoring button in R1 of AT&T 02-08-2018
Cameron Percy
Cameron Percy impressed in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, carding a 5-under-par 33-33=66 to find himself inside the top 10 on the early leaderboard. The Aussie was slow of the gate with six pars and a bogey while facing Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course. After easing into his round, the scoring came in bunches, scraping together a five-hole birdie train which kicked off at the par-4 eighth. After a bogey at 14, he would add two more (16th and 17th). Playing on conditional status this year, this is just the fourth start of the season for Percy. After posting nothing better than T46 in his first five visits to this event, Percy pieced together a T10 last year and is off to the races again this week. Next up for 43-year-old is a second-round tee time over at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Hossler holsters hot putter after R1 of AT&T 02-08-2018
Beau Hossler
Beau Hossler rallied late in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, styling a 7-under-par 34-31=65 to grab an early share of the clubhouse lead alongside Kevin Streelman. Taking on the host course today, Hossler set up plenty of early scoring chances. In his opening four holes alone, he had a look at four chances from inside 13 feet, converting on two of them. The Cali native was calm from there until a 17'11" par-saver at the 10th provided a spark. After that, he rattled off five birdies over the next seven holes. It was all orchestrated by a hot flat stick, highlighted by a 53'9" stroke (from the fringe) for birdie at the 16th and then a 34'2" birdie bomb at the 17th. After gaining 5.4 strokes gained putting last week in Phoenix, the youngster gained 2.720 strokes putting today which doesn't even include his 53-footer which gets bucketed under the SG Around-the-Green department. The 22-year-old will now holster the putter until tomorrow when he takes on Spyglass Hill.
Paul Casey takes it low in R1 of the AT&T 02-08-2018
Paul Casey
Paul Casey cruised to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 while taking on the host course in round one of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Making his first appearance at this event since 2002 (3rd overall appearance), Casey is starting much better than his younger self. In his previous two starts here he opened with rounds of 76 and 75 en route to missed cuts. This time around he split 10 fairways before gaining 3.576 strokes approaching-the-green. That allowed him a stress-free round on the greens. Despite an early-round lip-out, Casey didn't let that ruin the plot of today's story. the Englishman circled six birdies to offset a lone bogey. Casey will now rest up before heading to Spyglass Hill in round two.
Streelman sizzles a bogey-free 65 in Round 1 02-08-2018
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman set the tone early at Spyglass Hill, firing a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, good for an early seat as the clubhouse leader with plenty of action still on the course. Typically the toughest of the three-course rotation, prime weather conditions have opened the scoring floodgates on all three properties. Spyglass Hill is currently averaging -0.53 strokes under-par, still the toughest but neck-and-neck with Pebble Beach (-0.59 RTP). Back to Streelman, he set up this round with steady striking off the tee, striping 12 (of 14) fairways en route to just 11 greens. His short game was busy, and tidy, on his way to a perfect 7-for-7 in up-and-down opportunities. Making his 11th appearance at this event, this matches his previous low R1 (2010). He went on to finish T35 that week. Streelman will now set his eyes on Pebble Beach Golf Links for round two.
Shane Bertsch WDs ahead of AT&T Pro-Am 02-08-2018
Shane Bertsch
Shane Bertsch has withdrawn just ahead of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, giving Stuart Appleby a shot this week.

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Bertsch cited back issues as the reason for this WD. He is currently playing on a Tour medical extension with two events remaining to earn 348 FedExCup Points or $597,069 to re-enter the reshuffle category for the remainder of the season. That is a tall task for anyone, so Bertsch will need a huge finish once he's ready.
Kataoka three back of lead after Super 6 R1 02-08-2018
Daisuke Kataoka
Daisuke Kataoka smoothed a stylish 5-under-par 33-34=67 to end round one of the World Super 6 Perth T4 and three swings back of leader Brett Rumford at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia. The Japanese star has picked up a win a season since 2015 but is making his course and tournament debut this week, and is relatively unexposed at European Tour level with just 10 starts and a best of T23 last week in the Maybank Championship. However he was T7 there after 36 holes so he's worth taking note of, especially given the neat way he slotted round the course. On the front nine he ticked 3, 4 and 7, then he added more birdies at 11 and 17 on the back nine. Part of a four strong Japanese contingent this week, and the lowest ranked of them in the world at No. 156, he leads that pack by three going into the second round.
Nitties makes strong start in World Super 6 02-08-2018
James Nitties
James Nitties swept into T2 with a first round 6-under-par 34-32=66 at the World Super 6 Perth hosted by Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia. Once a regular on the Tour Nitties is now plying his trade down under and in recent outings a solid start has been typical, often maintained through 36 holes, but he's struggling to convert them into finishes. Since he missed the cut in this event 12 months ago he is 8-for-8 and has always been T33 or better after 18 holes, improved that to always being top 20 at halfway, and yet had only three times stayed there, with a best of T6. A quick start on the course is also not a great surprise: He was T1 back in the 2013 Perth International after a 68, spent the week contending before a final round 74 left him T12. On Thursday he had a two steps forward, one step back first nine (the back), going birdie-birdie-bogey at 11-12-13 and then again at 15-16-18. The front nine was a different case entirely, even if it did end with a bogey at No. 8. On this occasion no fewer than five birdies preceded it, at 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7. He sat alongside Lee Westwood, two back of early pacesetter Brett
Fung finally finds the Lake Karrinyup secret 02-08-2018
Nicholas Fung
Nicholas Fung transformed his record at Lake Karrinyup CC with a first round cruise of 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the World Super 6 Perth which left him three swings behind R1 leader Brett Rumford. The Malaysian came into the event having twice missed the cut on the West Australian circuit and, moreover, having failed to break par once in his four laps. He had an early sniff that such problems were in the past as he circled 10, 13, 15 and 16 on his first nine (the back). He continued in that vein with more birdies at 1 and 3 before he briefly hit the skids with back-to-back bogeys at 7 and 8, but he gave himself a fillip with a final par breaker of the day at No. 9. Remarkably this is only the third time in 28 starts that he has broken 70 in the first round. Even more remarkably the only other two times he did so (both times shooting 66), he won, once on the Asian second tier circuit and once on the Asian Tour itself.
Ormsby over his post-win mini-slump? 02-08-2018
Like the kangaroos that hop around Lake Karrinyup CC Wade Ormsby bounced back to form with an opening lap of 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the World Super 6 Perth. The South Australian has a strong record on this West Australian course, going 5-for-5 with his three most recent trips reaping T9-T15-T8, the latter in this tournament 12 months ago. Those vibes stirred him into life after a hangover following his profitable closing months of 2017, when he saved his card with T5 in the Andalucia Masters, won the Hong Kong Open and added T9 in the Australian PGA Championship. The calendar year, by contrast, opened with three missed cuts. On Thursday he assembled a neat and tidy card which saw red at 1 and 3 on the front nine, then at 12, 15 and 16 on the back, with no blue to accompany it. He lies three back of the R1 leader Brett Rumford.
Aphibarnrat lines up World Super 6 challenge 02-08-2018
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat got his World Super 6 Perth campaign off to a strong start with an opening lap of 5-under-par 31-36=67 at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia. The big Thai's round was a bit of a three-stage curio, taking in an explosive start, a to-and-fro middle period, and a steady finish. He burst from the blocks in magnificent style, ticking five of the first six holes, including an opening salvo of four on the bounce before he added another at No. 6. He then went bogey-birdie at 7 and 8, then 10 and 11, before settling down with seven straight pars to conclude. It marks a return to his fast-start ways of the 2017 season, when he was eight times top ten after 18 holes in 25 appearances on the European Tour. In his four efforts this season he had a previous best of T30. His 67 left him three swings back of the R1 leader Brett Rumford.
Meesawat hits flawless 67; 3 off Perth pace 02-08-2018
Prom Meesawat
Prom Meesawat crafted a bogey-free 34-33=67 in round one of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, a walk-off birdie at Lake Karrinyup CC putting him T3 in the clubhouse and three back from leader Brett Rumford. The World No. 398 from Thailand was met by easy conditions at the par 72 this morning and made early inroads with birdies at 11 and 13 after teeing off from the 10th. He had to settle for pars until the turn but then kicked on with two more red circles at 1 and 4. He added the finishing touches to an impressive first 18 with a birdie-3 at the short par-4 9th. Meesawat played in this unique event (three rounds of strokeplay before matchplay on Sunday) last year and was eliminated after 54 holes, finishing T47. He's shown some decent form at the start of 2018 with T14 in the Asian Tour's Myanmar Open and T39 in last week's Maybank Championship where he recovered from an opening 74 to shoot 66-70-69.
Westwood starts fast at World Super 6 Perth 02-08-2018
Lee Westwood
An eagle at his sixth hole of the day helped Lee Westwood thrash a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the first round of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, his morning lap of Lake Karrinyup CC putting the Englishman in solo second place and just two shots behind early pacesetter Brett Rumford.
Westwood showed some real sparkle with a second-round 62 in last week's Maybank Championship in Malaysia (T11) and he's making an early impression here too. The former World No. 1 (now ranked 73rd), started with a par at 10 before posting red at 11 and 12. After a couple of pars at 13 and 14 he made big jump at 15 after holing a lengthy chip for eagle-3. The Ryder Cup veteran hit 7-under thanks to further gains at 2, 3 and 6 to tie the lead but there was a two-shot swing on 8 as a Westwood bogey against a birdie from playing partner Rumford allowed the local man to kick clear. "I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch up really," he said. "You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24." That's a reference to this week's format whereby the top 24 after three days of strokeplay qualify for the matchplay shootout in Sunday's final round.
Rumford off to a flyer at World Super 6 Perth 02-08-2018
Brett Rumford
Defending champion Brett Rumford burst out of the gate and blitzed Lake Karrinyup CC for an 8-under-par 29-35=64 in round one of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, posting a two-shot clubhouse lead over Lee Westwood.
The local man led for all three days of the strokeplay section of the inaugural edition of this event last year before continuing his dominance in matchplay. He's on course for a repeat after an opening lap which featured 10 birdies. Starting at 10, the Perth native hit the ground running with a trio of opening circles before adding another pair at 14 and 15. He ticked 17 too and then drained a huge putt at 18 to turn in just 29. There was a slight hiccup on his second nine as came back to earth with bogeys at 1 and 3 but Rumford splashed red at 4 (20-foot putt), 6 and 8 (his third birdie on a par 3) to take his now familiar position at the top of this leaderboard. "I just think some golf courses suit your eye and others don't," he said. "Generally you'll find as a trend that a lot of players go back to the same venue and play well and this is one of them for me."
Paul Casey looks to stay hot at Pebble Beach 02-08-2018
Paul Casey
Paul Casey heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week on a roll, finishing 19th or better in each of his three PGA Tour events this season. Casey hasn't been stateside yet, finishing seventh at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, 19th at The CJ Cup in South Korea and 11th at the WGC HSBC Champions in China. There's no reason to believe he'll have any kind of rust, even though we haven't seen him on this side of the pond yet this season. This will be his first appearance at Pebble Beach since the 2010 U.S. Open Championship when he finished 40th. Despite the fact he has not appeared in a Pro-Am on the Monterey Peninsula so far during his career, he has the sixth-best odds to win the event according to the latest Vegas lines.
Sean O'Hair looks for consistency at AT&T 02-08-2018
Sean O'Hair
Sean O'Hair heads to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week looking to make his third consecutive cut. O'Hair will be playing in his fifth event of the 2018 PGA Tour season, and he is still searching for consistency. He missed the cut in his first two events before playing into the weekend over his past two tournaments. While he made the cut in his last appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open, he shot 12-over in his final two rounds to sink like a stone. O'Hair ranks 210th on the PGA Tour in GIR, and he isn't terribly consistent off the tee box. Until he starts to shoot with some consistency he isn't someone to bother with for fantasy purposes.