Phil Mickelson surely made some spectacular birdies Saturday to surge into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead, but the most important shots of his impressive bogey-free 66 weren't likely to make the late-night highlights.
Sung Kang of South Korea had to scramble for par on the last hole Friday to set the course record at Monterey Peninsula with an 11-under 60. It gave him a share of the lead with Hiroshi Iwata, with Phil Mickelson in contention again at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Sung Kang didn't know anything about his amateur partner until he went on the Internet and looked up actor Ray Romano. He didn't realize the par at Monterey Peninsula was 71 until he scrambled for par on his final hole and realized while signing his card Friday that he set the course record with a career-low 60.
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am can be a tough place for a player to make his debut because of three courses that are different except for the views along the California coast. Justin Rose managed to play Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula ahead of the opening round.
Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren't calling for him, and he knew it.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Six of the top 10 players in the world are playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, but only one of them managed to grab a top-10 spot Thursday on a strange first-day leader board.
Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He has his own bobblehead now. He has filmed a commercial with Stephen Curry. He has a bank account he could easily live on for the rest of his life, and his fame has probably expanded ten-fold just from this time last year.