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Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Phil Mickelson one shot off first-round lead

08 February 2019, 10:53 | Henrietta Morgan

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Tony Romo is teeing it up again this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He went on to win the previous three times (1998, 2005, '07).

Phil Mickelson has been coming to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1995 and has won it four times, so there isn't much he hasn't accomplished along the Monterey Peninsula.

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 may have done it before, but I don't ever recall doing it", a satisfied Mickelson said afterwards.

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"I think it's a big factor-you don't know how it's all going to play out, but I think that it's important to get off to a good start", he said.

Playing at the venue where he won the 2010 US Open, McDowell carded a 68 to finish at four-under par alongside ten other players in a round that included four birdies, but he will be disappointed with a bogey at the last.

He played Pebble Beach on Tuesday and will play one of the other two courses used for the tournament - Spyglass Hill or Monterey Peninsula Shore Course - on Wednesday.

While he failed to get up and down from sand and dropped shots at the par-three fifth and 12th holes, his iron play was superb and his putting clinical as he made birdies at the second, fourth, sixth, ninth, 11th, 13th and 15th.

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Dustin Johnson, coming off a victory in Saudi Arabia last week and a two-time victor at Pebble Beach, is among nine players at 5 under.

Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine, said getting off to a fast start was critical with 100 percent chance of rain in Friday's forecast and the weekend likely to be very wet as well. The latter even has Spieth's initials and a Texas Longhorn logo on it. Romo told Golf.com that he has been using the wedges from Jordan for about a year.

NOTES: The 2019 U.S. Open will be conducted at Pebble Beach for the sixth time in June.

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