Los Angeles - American Chez Reavie fired an
eight-under-par 63 on Thursday to upstage major champions Jordan Spieth and
Jason Day in the first round of the PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Reavie fired an eagle and seven birdies
with one bogey on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use for
the tournament along with Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill -- both
World number one Spieth, winner of the Masters
and US Open last year, opened with a one-under 71 at Spyglass Hill, as did
reigning PGA Champion Day of Australia.
"A bit weak," was Spieth's
assessment of his round, which included four birdies and three bogeys.
Spieth said a shaky short game led to
setbacks on some of the course's easier holes.
"I played the hardest holes on this
golf course four under par," Spieth said. "And then I played all the
easy ones over par... I'm not quite dialled in with my wedges or with the short
game right now."
Nevertheless, Spieth said he wasn't
discouraged, with the two courses he considers easier coming up in the rotation
in an event in which pros play alongside celebrity amateurs in the opening
"To actually shoot one under with what
I felt like I should have shot today is promising," he said.
Day teed off on 10 at Spyglass had three
bogeys and two birdies in his first nine holes. He managed to get under par for
the day with two birdies coming in.
Sweden's Freddie Jacobson collected five
birdies in one six-hole stretch at Pebble Beach and added two more for a seven
under 65 and a share of second. He was joined at seven under by Australian
Cameron Smith and American Bronson Burgoon, who both shot 64 at Monterey
England's Justin Rose was among seven
players at six under.
Leading first-round scores on Thursday in the US PGA Tour Pebble
Beach National Pro-Am on the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links, par-71
Monterey Peninsula, par-72 Spyglass Hill (USA unless noted):
63 - Chez Reavie
64 - Cameron Smith (AUS), Bronson Burgoon
65 - Freddie Jacobson (SWE)
65 - Ricky Barnes
66 - Justin Rose (ENG), Dawie van der Walt (RSA), Roberto Castro, Shane Bertsch, J.B. Holmes, Spencer Levin
66 - Jason Gore, Hiroshi Iwata (JPN)
67 - Ryan Ruffels (AUS), Rhein Gibson (AUS)
67 - David Hearn (CAN), Troy Merritt, Kevin Na, Paul Dunne (IRL), Jonas Blixt (SWE), Tom Gillis, Sean O'Hair
68 - Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bud Cauley, Steven Bowditch (AUS), Matt Jones (AUS), Thomas Aiken (RSA)