Saturday 18 November 2017

Irish duo in contention following first round in Pebble Beach

Shane Lowry hits out of the bunker on the second hole
Shane Lowry hits out of the bunker on the second hole

Irish duo Shane Lowry and Seamus Power are both just two shops adrift following the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Both layers carded a first-round 70 to lie two shots off joint leaders Rick Lamb, Seung-Yul Noh and Joel Dahmen.

Fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington is four shots back after shooting a 74.

Jordan Spieth is one of four of the world's top 10 who are hoping to avoid being upstaged by their celebrity partners in California and he made the best start, placed at three under when the inclement weather halted his round after 16 holes.

That leaves him a shot off the lead when his first round concludes today.

Spieth fired six birdies and two bogeys in treacherous conditions on the Monterrey Peninsular Country Club and will hope to lay the foundations of a first PGA Tour win since May 2016.

World number one Jason Day went round the same course in two-under-par 69 while Dustin Johnson is one under with two holes left to play.

Justin Rose is also on one under with six holes to play as much of the field are forced to finish their first rounds on Friday.

Each player and their celebrity partner plays one round at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterrey Peninsular Country Club over the first three days, with the leading 25 pro-am teams and top 60 professionals and ties returning for the final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

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