December 18, 2018

Johnson, Hossler tied for Pebble Beach lead

11 February 2018, 05:03 | Anna Jefferson

Phil Mickelson shown last week in Phoenix is in the field for AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am 2018 this week

Phil Mickelson shown last week in Phoenix is in the field for AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am 2018 this week

McIlroy, who started on the back nine, finished just short of the green with his tee shot on the par-four fifth hole before electing to putt form distance.

Two further dropped shots on the 8th and 9th signed off a miserable round.

As American Beau Hossler, a PGA Tour rookie, and Dustin Johnson lead the charge on 11 under during their second rounds, McIlroy found himself well off the pace.

In contrast, playing partner Phil Mickelson handed McIlroy a lesson in how to play the "easier" of the three courses, posting a round of 65 for the early clubhouse lead on five under par tally. Two players were tied for third at 10-under.

A two-time victor of the PGA Tour event, Johnson started on the back nine and holed five birdies, before three in four helped him into the lead.

"I didn't feel like I hit bad shots coming in there on the last couple, making bogeys there, but I just knew it was going to be tough coming in", Potter said.

Four dropped shots on the front nine appeared to put paid to his chances of making the three-under cut, but the Northern Irishman almost finished with a flourish on the par-5 18th. After missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week, Spieth saw his inconsistency with the putter continue during an even-par opening round that included one birdie and a lone bogey at Spyglass Hill.

"This environment here, you have to embrace the fact that it's going to be a slow day, it's going to take a little while, but enjoy the people you're with".

The 22-year-old University of Texas product put together a bogey-free performance for the second straight day.

But world number one Johnson was the star of the show on day two as he carded a seven under par round of 64 at Monterey Peninsula to get to 12 under and join Hossler at the top of the leaderboard. "That was probably some of the best golf I've played in my career, but parts of the game are just as good".

Rory McIlroy says his determination to become one of the greatest golfers of all time remains as strong as ever after Jason Day raised question marks over his desire.

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. "I missed two greens yesterday, only missed one fairway, and I shot 3 over". Calcavecchia is seeking his fourth senior title and first since 2015. Phil Mickelson, a three-time Pebble victor, is playing for the 23rd time.

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