Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Dustin Johnson two shots behind leaders at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Pro-Am Kevin Streelman Beau Hossler share lead as Rory Mc Ilroy lurks Pebble Beach Pro-Am Kevin Streelman Beau Hossler share lead as Rory Mc Ilroy lurks
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 10:13

Scott's return to tournament golf was rusty to say the least, the former world No. 1 shooting five-over par 77 on the Spyglass Hill course to be tied-150th overall.

Though there were far too many continuing good signs in McIlroy's game to dwell on any negative.

And Streelman continued in that vein of form on the Spyglass Hill course, with a blemish-free card that saw him make seven birdies.

He then birdied the par-five 11th and 14th to move to four-under par and while he bogeyed the 16th he birdied the 18th and could take satisfaction after scrambling for pars at the second, seventh, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th.

I'm scrambling well when I need to. But after going out in 41 after another penalty led to a bogey at the short seventh, he made four birdies in a three-under-par back nine to salvage something from his round. Everything - from when I spoke to you guys last until now, everything, I feel, has gotten better, which is a good thing.

All eyes were on McIlroy as he made his first PGA Tour appearance since the BMW Championship in September.

And Paul Casey, in his first event since helping steer Europe to victory in the EurAsia Cup, was thrilled to also commence his first regular event of the New Year with a five-under par 67 on the Pebble Beach course.

But he was upstaged by Streelman and Hossler, who produced seven-under-par 65s to earn a share of the one-shot lead in California on Thursday.

Three-time major victor and American star Jordan Spieth had a birdie and a bogey to be even par following his 72 while Major champions Adam Scott and Ernie Els struggled after the pair both posted rounds of 77 to be five over heading into the second round.