In front of a large mobile gallery on a spectacular day on the Monterey Peninsula during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky joked their way through 18 holes and played superbly as a team on the historically toughest golf course of the three layouts used in this event.
Dustin Johnson, a two-time Pebble victor and the No 1 player in the world, had very little stress after he got up-and-down from the collar of the green at the par-three fifth hole for bogey at Spyglass. "I was able to get back in it", said Mickelson.
"I definitely lost distance previous year; I cut too much weight".
He only slightly exaggerated, but not by much.
Potter shot a 62 at Monterey Peninsula and left wondering how much better it could have been. But he has reshaped his story the past two years, with eight victories since the start of 2016 - including an emphatic, demon-conquering triumph in the '16 U.S. Open at Oakmont. "It has been two years, and I have accomplished a lot more than I set my mind to".
Day One of the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm got started under blue skies bringing out stars to have fun in the sun. He shot a 6-under 65, leaving him in a three-way tie for second in relation par with Matt Kuchar and Julian Suri, who both posted 6-under 66s at Spyglass. He won in 2010 with a 74 in the final round. The top 25 pro-am teams advance to Sunday.
Jason Day had a 65 at Monterey Peninsula and was in the group at 9 under that included Steve Stricker (66 at Monterey Peninsula).
Defending champion and world number three Jordan Spieth will seek to bounce back from a rare missed cut last week, while McIlroy and Day are keen to build on recent strong performances.
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Mickelson was encouraged after his round, which featured six birdies and no bogeys. That horror run of double bogey-par-bogey-bogey transformed McIlroy's round and means he will require a successful salvage operation in his third round at Pebble Beach if he is to make it into the final round.
Hossler, who hails from Mission Viejo, California, competed at Texas from 2013-16. On Saturday, the issue was less with the flat stick and more with his irons.
Johnson is part of the celebrity rotation at Pebble Beach.
This week the tour heads north to the Monterey Peninsula for the playing of the AT&T National Pro-Am.
Americans Dustin Johnson and Beau Hossler share the lead on 12 under.
"The game's really close", Johnson said.
But McIlroy was then sat on his backside in doubling the his 14th before ending par, bogey, bogey and par.
Mickelson, 47, finished tied for fifth last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a tournament he's won three times.
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Westwood and Rumford had 36-hole totals of 8-under 136.
The top 24 after three rounds play a series of six-hole shootouts in the event co-sanctioned by three tours: European, Asian and PGA of Australia. "Golf needs something like that". And Aaron Rodgers gave amateur leader Larry Fitzgerald hell for a wayward tee shot at the par-3 17th. He was a late replacement for fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, who was the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 15 before withdrawing with a wrist injury. Also playing is David Duval (2001 British Open), Mike Weir (2003 Masters) and Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters).
Last year's victor, Jordan Spieth, is at seven under, while Rory McIlroy's first appearance on the PGA Tour this season saw him miss the cut.
If McIlroy needed a shot of confidence, Day was happy to provide it.
Aged 30, the Australian said he may need to capitalise on that good form as he seeks to add to his lone major title, the 2015 PGA Championship.
"I think I'm in a really good place", Johnson said Tuesday. "I could definitely do things a little bit better, but you know, I had a lot of really good looks at birdie". It's a pretty nice way to spend a few days, whether you are playing the game for a living or not.
Rocco Mediate and Jeff Maggert were a stroke back.
Bernhard Langer, the 2010 victor in his home event, was at 66 with Fred Funk and Jesper Parnevik.
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