Jason Day in the mix at PGA Pebble Beach

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Tony Romo is teeing it up again this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The former world number one triumphed 11 times on the PGA Tour before turning 24 but is coming off the first disappointing year of his career. "I'm not going to chase them as hard as I tried to maybe force or chase them past year because you can get hurt doing that".

Spieth, who hasn't won since the 2017 Open Championship and hasn't had a top-20 since last year's Open Championship, took advantage of the pleasant conditions and made birdie on two of his final three holes to move up the leaderboard.

Day carded seven birdies in his 65, while two-time champion Dustin Johnson and 2017 victor Jordan Spieth also took advantage of the favourable scoring conditions on the Monterey Peninsula course as they opened with 66s, while last week's Phoenix Open runner-up Branden Grace returned an impressive five-under 67 at Pebble Beach.

It was not just Mickelson's driver that was working.

Brian Gay and Scott Langley recorded 7-under-par 64s on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club www.mpccpb.org to take a one-stroke lead over six players after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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Grace got off to a flying start with a birdie on the first followed by an eagle on the par-five second, when he guided his second shot off the fairway 237 yards to leave himself a 24-foot putt. "I'm feeling like a genius right now, but at the time I didn't know". Langley, who shared low amateur honors in 2010 at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open, made seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch in the middle of his round at Monterey Peninsula.

"If you don't score well out here you put yourself kind of behind a bit and it's tough to make up when we got weather coming in because you're trying to force it", Spieth said.

"I was really surprised he could say that", said Choi, who needed a translator to share that.

Most of the big names on Thursday were at Monterey, where Australian Jason Day matched Mickelson's 65, while Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth fired 66.

The Portrush star (39) produced some vintage iron play just four months before he returns to the Monterey Peninsula for another US Open tilt.

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