I have to say that any day spent golfing at Pebble Beach is a good day. Where the land meets the sea on the Monterey Peninsula is a very beautiful spot for anything, especially for golf. Just walking around and enjoying the scenery would be enough for most of us. When you get to walk around Pebble Beach Golf Links and shoot 63 it is a really great day. That's exactly what Danny Lee did on Thursday, February 9. Lee was not alone atop the leaderboard as Charlie Wi was also at 9-under-par after a first round 61 at the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Golf Club. Dustin Johnson also had a great first round. The two-time champion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am shot 63 at Pebble Beach to tie the lead.
As well as Lee, Wi and Johnson played, and they did play very well, I think the scorecard of the day has to belong to Ken Duke. Duke played at Pebble Beach in round one and after six holes was 1-over-par. From that point Duke completed his round in 9-under-par. Duke went on a birdie barage on Pebble's back nine firing a 28. That is absolutely incredible. Imagine if Duke could have broken par on the front nine. He might have challenged the course record of 62 held by Tom Kite and David Duval. As it turned out, Duke had to settle for 64.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were over on Spyglass Hill Golf Course in round one. Mickelson shot 70, good for 2-under-par, while Tiger Woods finished his round at 4-under-par 68. Woods was not that pleased with his round, which was one of the best rounds at Spyglass Hill, while Mickelson was disappointed that he did not make a few more putts. The best first round performance at Spyglass Hill belonged to Nick Watney. Watney went out in 31, but two bogeys on the way in offset two of his three birdies and Watney had to settle for 6-under-par 66. In the second round the players will each have the challenge of a new course. We will see if those at the top of the leaderboard can duplicate their scores from round one.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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