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Hossler, Streelman share lead at Pebble Beach

Rory McIlroy GETTYRory Mc Ilroy is back on the PGA Tour this week at Pebble Beach
Eugene Bates | 11 February, 2018, 05:38

Rory McIlroy's second round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am descended into a nightmare when he produced a five-putt on the par-four fifth at Monterey Peninsula. Having played all three courses used during the Pro-Am, you don't want to have a 36-handicapper trying to get around the Monterey Peninsula courses. I love being in the hunt playing that golf course, and I get to play two rounds now.

"I was maybe tied for the lead with nine holes to go in Abu Dhabi and Tommy (Fleetwood) played an unbelievable back nine", he recalled.

"I got lucky, my caddy says it is three feet left, and I went with the No. 1 in the world and he said go straight, I made a decision to go with him, it was a lucky putt", Gretzky said about his game.

If he can find a way to earn a victory this weekend, he would match Mark O'Meara's record of five wins at the AT&T Pro-Am. He also is virtually assured of being only the fifth player since the world ranking began in 1986 to be No. 1 for an entire year.

Jon Rahm birdied his last three holes at Spyglass Hill and worked his way back into contention with a 70.

Jack Nicklaus once said if he only had one more round to play, he would pick Pebble Beach.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy opened his U.S. season with a 68 at Spyglass to share 16th at four under with a host of players including world No.2 Jon Rahm.

On 29 holes since then, Mickelson has no bogeys and 11 birdies.

But the four-time major victor rallied to hole a birdie on the 18th and remain among the chasing pack. McIlroy shot his first over score in 10 rounds in 2018, a 3-over 74.

Mickelson hasn't won since the British Open in 2013 at Muirfield, and he finally started to see some reasonable results after a sluggish start this year. His only other experience at Pebble Beach was a missed cut in the 2010 U.S. Open. One had to do with the Middle East tournaments ending a week earlier than usual, and when that happened, it gave him a week in Florida to unpack and adjust before starting his PGA Tour season. He won his next three starts and headed to Augusta National as the favorite to win the Masters for the first time. That also was the last birdie he made until the 18th hole.

He almost drove the green and putted his eagle attempt to within 10 feet. That led to his third bogey on the back nine, and suddenly he had company.

Patrick Cantlay had the best start of anyone at Monterey Peninsula - birdie on the par-five 10th, an ace with an eight-iron at the 11th, birdie on the par-five 12th. That is the nature of the tournament, with foursomes including two amateurs in each group.

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