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Ranked Johnson shares Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead

10 February, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Christina Hansen

The American duo of Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler head the $7.4m event with seven-under par 65s.

Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Seamus Power all begin at Monterey Peninsula while Graeme McDowell's first round is at Pebble Beach.

I don't know if we'll get another elite victor this week, but I do know we won't be short on views.

Johnson, who won the opening event of the year at Kapalua in Hawaii on a course that suited his long-hitting game, said his form is close to where it was at this stage last year, when he was about to embark on a stretch of three successive victories.

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Johnson said he's approaching the form that saw him win three straight tournaments early past year before he fell on some stairs and hurt his back as he prepared to tee it up in the Masters.

Following the longest break of his career, there was hope the four-time major victor would get right on the dance floors; through his first two events on the European Tour, it seemed to be heading in the right direction.

"The biggest thing for Rory is the desire part - how much does he really want it - because he has the tools to be Tiger-esque", the Australian (30) said. This year it's going to be a little different because the weather's so good and the course is playing firmer, I think it will move quicker than last year when we were walking with umbrellas.

McIlroy, meanwhile, has some work ahead to make the 54-hole cut after a 74 at Monterey that included a staggering double-bogey at the par-four fifth.

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The Clara man hit a bogey-free 67 as he placed himself comfortably inside the Top 20 alongside amateur playing partner, Limerick businessman, Gerry McManus.

Pre tournament favourite and Pebble Beach Links course specialist Dustin Johnson opened with a round of 5 under 67, while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are at 4 under and Jordan Spieth even par 72. McIlroy proceeded to lag his eagle attempt from way downtown to just a few feet.

Johnson also had a three-shot lead that summer at Pebble in the U.S. Open, only to lose it all with a triple bogey on the second hole.

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