Mickelson hits every fairway and starts well at Pebble

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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.

McDowell was teeing-up at Pebble Beach where in 2010 he lifted the US Open trophy though he has been side-lined for some six weeks after bruising the lunate bone in his left wrist while hitting balls in December in the Bahamas.

On this day 19 years ago, February 7, 2000, Tiger Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

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"I think that one of the rule changes that came about where you can fix some areas of the green that were caused by other players made a big difference in this tournament for everybody, because around the hole you can smooth out some of the spike marks and indentations". He played it off the beach back to the fairway, hit 7-iron to 10 feet and made the putt for a 69.

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.

Gay strung together five straight birdies to close his front nine, and then had three more in his final five holes.

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"It was a really solid round, good solid start, and we had attractive weather and the golf course here is in spectacular shape", said Mickelson, the world number 29. "This was a day we had great weather, courses were very "scoreable", so you needed to take advantage of that". Cody Gribble grabbed a share of the lead as well with a 6-under-par 66 at Spyglass Hill.

Pebble Beach will also host the U.S. Open in June when the course is likely to be much drier than the damp, lush conditions that will greet players this week after recent heavy rains. Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were also on five under. He opened with four bogeys in 10 holes and rallied for a 72 at Monterey Peninsula. "But I am looking to build off something this week to get this season kick-started really".

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