Golfer's excruciating hole-in-one near miss

Golfer's excruciating hole-in-one near miss

Golfer's excruciating hole-in-one near miss

Hossler heads over to Monterey Peninsula, while Johnson spends his last two days at Pebble Beach.

The leading duo were two strokes in front of Julian Suri, who carded a four-under 67 at Monterey Peninsula to get to 10-under and Troy Merritt, who shot a five-under 67 at Spyglass Hill.

Percy, who has limited status on the United States PGA Tour, opened with a brilliant, seven-birdie 66 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to be tied-fifth after the first round.

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

"I don't know if it's quite as good as it was during that stretch".

"It's a tournament that I've always watched and I've always thought one day it would be really cool to play with my dad, and fortunately we were able to get him in and play", McIlroy said.

Four-times major victor McIlroy is using Pebble as the start of a busy PGA Tour campaign leading up to the Masters in April.

The Northern Irish star has enjoyed a solid start to the year, finishing in a tie for third at the Abu Dhabi Championship last month before a second place at the Dubai Desert Classic.McIlroy, who returned to the top 10 last month after failing to win an event last year for the first time in almost a decade, said he had taken positives from recent results.

However, the 24-year-old Texan is confident he will make improvements soon as he looks to defend his Pebble Beach Pro-Am title this week.

"If anything, they were just two good confidence builders going into this part of the season and now that I'm over here in the States I've got six weeks out of the next seven to try and play well and give myself chances to win", he said. McIlroy finished with a birdie at the last at Spyglass, while Rahm made a solitary bogey at Monterey.

McIlroy and Lowry are in tied 17th on minus four with a large group of players, including Spain's John Rahm.

McIlroy elected to putt from distance from off the putting surface and saw his well-judged eagle attempt run six feet past, only for his hole to quickly unravel in the space of a couple of minutes.

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