Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
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Rodgers sinks birdie putt on 18th hole at Pebble Beach Pro

Rodgers sinks birdie putt on 18th hole at Pebble Beach Pro

The Northern Irishman admitted on several occasions last season that his putting needed to improve, with the inconsistency returning on the par-four fifth at Monterey Peninsula.

But going into Pebble Beach, he ranks 195th in the key putting statistic out of 206 players.

"It was a nice way to finish after not getting off to a great start", said Mickelson.

Day was in good touch for his opening round.

He only slightly exaggerated, but not by much. A year ago, he hit a 4-iron. "[Winning] the Super Bowl, [winning] the MVP, dunking on a guy when I was 19 and then this would be kind of right up there".

Joining him atop the leaderboard is fellow American Beau Hossler, who carded a five-under 67 on the Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Hossler has not made a bogey this week. He carded an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for 98th place. "If they didn't, move on and hit as many greens in regulation as possible".

Mixed in between Jason Day's press conference praise of Rory McIlroy on Wednesday was a shot at the Irishman's desire, which Day suggested was all that separated McIlroy from Tiger Woods.

Sharing sixth alongside World No.1 Dustin Johnson, who shot a 67 at Spyglass Hill, Percy admits he was rusty.

Lurking another shot behind were Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm. We have seen that at the PGA and the U.S. Open. He opened with 67 at Pebble Beach today and is T6.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth managed to get going, shooting a five-under 66 on Monterey Peninsula to be tied for 23rd. He was on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula, which plays to a par 71.

But after knocking that three feet past, he carelessly bashed his par-putt six feet past again, missed that too and eventually holed out for a double-bogey six.

It's out of reach for most, but McIlroy's booming drive left him an 80 footer for an eagle two from just off the front edge.

Johnson is part of the celebrity rotation at Pebble Beach. "It's one of those courses where you can get caught up in looking at some of the views and lose focus, so you gotta remember that you're still playing a tournament". Ken Duke (Arkadelphia, Henderson State) shot a 70 and is 6 over.

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