Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard

Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard

Phil Mickelson achieved the rare feat of hitting every fairway as he made a strong start to his bid for a fifth win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

"So, if I just think about it that way, it kind of certainly makes me a little happier, frees me up a bit".

Mickelson is in a six-way tie for third place following his memorable 65, which saw the American star hit every single fairway for the first time since 1998. "I'm not going to chase them as hard as I tried to maybe force or chase them previous year because you can get hurt doing that".

It was not just Mickelson's driver that was working.

Whether or not this is the week Spieth finds the missing ingredient, he thinks his game is moving in the right direction.

DJ also had one of the great fails of his career at Pebble Beach when he took a three-stroke lead to the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open, but closed with an ugly 82 to slide all the way to a tie for eighth.

Everyone in the field plays each of the three courses, before the cut is made for the final round at Pebble.

Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were also on five under. Mickelson is not, though he has won more majors of now active players than anyone other than Tiger Woods.

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.

However the 13-time US PGA Tour victor responded with three straight birdies before the turn and added two more on his back nine.

Jordan Spieth has not lifted a trophy since the 2017 British Open and has drifted to 21st in the world rankings but the Texan says he would have had a good career even if he never wins again and that he will not go chasing results.

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.

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