J.B. Holmes, Justin Hicks Tied at Pebble Beach Top
A pair of eagles separated J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks from the rest of the pack Thursday at the end of Round 1 of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Holmes recorded his with a 123-yard wedge on the 10th hole. Hicks saved his for the 18th, reaching the green in two and slipping in an 18-foot eagle putt. It allowed the two to each shoot 64s on what is usually the easiest of the courses, putting both men at 8-under.
Holmes was red hot out of the gate with four birdies in a five-hole stretch between No. 3 and No. 7. Hicks was more productive on the back nine, with three birdies and his closing eagle.
The two have a one-stroke lead over six players including the surprising John Daly (see related blog).
Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker are also in the field at 7-under. For Furyk, the start of his 2015 season has been more of the same from his blazing hot 2014. Furyk had 11 top 10 finishes in 21 starts in 2014, and over the last two months he finished in the top 5 five times, including at The Open Championship (4th), the PGA Championship (5th) and the TOUR Championship (2nd).
Snedeker played a bogey-free round as he pursues his fourth Top 10 finish of the early season.
A whopping 98 players were at least 1 stroke under par at the end of the first day, meaning it’s about as much anyone’s tournament with 54 holes to go as could be.
Two of those players tied for 99th were surprises – last week’s Torrey Pines’ winner Jason Day, and defending Pebble Beach champion Jimmy Walker, both of whom shot even-par 72s.
Day, ranked No. 4 in the world, looked like he might have spent a little too much time partying in La Jolla after last week’s win at first, with two double bogeys on the front nine to hit the turn at 2-over. Walker was 1-under at the turn, but two bogeys down the stretch kept him from burrowing further under par.