The tournament, which sees professionals play alongside celebrities, is spread across three courses near the picturesque town of Carmel - Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula. The players will likely have to shrug off foul weather heading toward the Monterey Peninsula.
Mickelson opened with a six-under 65 on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three layouts in operation for the star-studded event this week, leaving the left-hander just one off the lead along with his fellow runner-up from previous year, Jason Day. He has the best scoring average - 66.4 - on the course during the tournament since 2010 (minimum of four rounds played).
And it was also a good day for Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan (24), who shot a bogey-free, five-under 67 at the longer but easier Creek Course to share 32nd as Portmarnock amateur Conor Purcell (21) battled back from three-over after nine to post a level par 72. Other than Potter? My pick to win, Tommy Fleetwood, had a rough one. Thankfully he won't have to play that course when he dukes it out with Jordan Spieth for the 2019 U.S. Open.
"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". A sawed off wedge on the iconic seventh hole that scoots all the way back to the pin.More news: NBA Trade Grades: Bucks expand Pistons trade to scoop Nikola Mirotic
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"I have the honour to play all three courses here and, just because of such handsome scenery, I couldn't even focus on where my ball was going".
"I'm pleased with it (but) I definitely left some shots out there", said Johnson, four days removed from victory at the European Tour's Saudi International.
"I feel like my game's trending the right direction and sometimes that means results are coming soon", Spieth told reporters Wednesday. He did enjoy himself and was overall pleased with his round of 1-over 73 at Pebble Beach - two bogeys and one lone birdie, at the par-4 11. (Ignore that Fleetwood pick, by the way).
Day, Johnson and Spieth are all part of the world number one club.