Jason Day in the mix at PGA Pebble Beach

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Spieth returns this week to Pebble Beach, where he won two years ago, for the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach Pro-Am that is played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California.

"To the best of my knowledge, it's taken me 27 years and a few months to hit all fairways in a single round in competition".

Mickelson, a four-time victor of the tournament, ended the day sharing third place at six-under par and just a shot back of the leading duo of fellow Americans Scott Langley and Brian Gay who each shot 64s also at Monterey.

With a 6-under-par 65 on a crisp, pleasing day, he shared top honors among the early finishers with four-time Pebble Beach Pro-Am victor Phil Mickelson, who also shot 65 at the Shore.

The three-time major champion has fallen down the official golf rankings to 21st in the world since his last win, while Spieth has not posted a top-10 finish since the 208 Open Championship.

"I have the honour to play all three courses here and, just because of such lovely scenery, I couldn't even focus on where my ball was going", Choi said of Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is set on the famed Monterey Peninsula. I had an off year last year.

Day said it was imperative to get off to a good start.




"It was a really good solid round, good solid start, and we had lovely weather and the golf course here is in spectacular shape".

Mickelson still needs to capture a first US Open to join just five other players, including long-time arch-rival Tiger Woods as a member of golf's most-exclusive club - "The Grand Slam Club".

"You got to drive the ball well to be able to attack, and I drove the ball very well today, obviously", he said.

"I'm really happy about the back nine".

However, 11-time Tour champion Spieth said he is "in a good place right now".

"When you don't have any distractions and you have a clearer mind, you can focus on playing".

NOTES: The 2019 U.S. Open will be conducted at Pebble Beach for the sixth time in June. It's always jarring to watch ams and pros in the same event because it makes you realize just how good the pros are when they hit shots like this one.

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