Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

Day shares third at six under alongside five others including five-time major victor Phil Mickelson.

The 48-year-old's memory is a little foggy, as the last time he drove it this straight was actually in 1998 at Torrey Pines, 21 years ago.

"I'm not going to chase them as hard as past year because you can get hurt doing that, you can get into some bad patterns".

Former world number one Jordan Spieth is happy with his game heading into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

A poor three-putt bogey from 21 feet at the 18th took some of the gloss off his day but he was still just three shots behind early leader Brian Gay, who shot a seven-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula where four-time victor Phil Mickelson carded a 65 and Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth opened with 66s.

"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 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.

"I'm on my way to getting it again", Scott said.

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.

"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.

"If you don't score well out here you put yourself kind of behind a bit and it's tough to make up when we got weather coming in because you're trying to force it", Spieth said. He birdied his last hole to reach 10-under par, joining Lucas Glover (66 at Pebble Beach) and Scott Langley (69 at Spyglass Hill).

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

"I was really surprised he could say that", said Choi, who needed a translator to share that.

Severe rain is forecast for California's Monterey Peninsula during the next three days and PGA Tour officials are bracing for a Monday finish.

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