Cantlay leads at Pebble Beach

12 February 2021 20:22:08 GMTPlus10

American ace Patrick Cantlay believes he got the best of the conditions as he opened up a two-shot lead after the opening round of the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Cantlay birdied seven of his opening eight holes on his way to a bogey-free 62 round at Pebble Beach, which is one of two courses being used at the event.

The American, who reached the turn in 29, is setting the pace after a low-scoring day at the Californian track, with his nearest challenge coming from Akshay Bhatia and Sweden's Henrik Norlander, who both carded opening 64s.

World number 11 Cantlay is the highest-ranked player in the competition and his ten birdies matched the course record held by Tom Kite and David Duval.

Speaking after his opening round, Cantlay said: "I think we got Pebble in pretty much ideal conditions and I don't think it's going to be like that the rest of the week.

"The greens were good this morning and receptive, and so I hit a lot of good shots just right out of the gate and made everything."

American teenager Bhatia found every green in regulation - becoming only the fourth player in the past 25 years to achieve that at Pebble Beach - to post a bogey-free start.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, who is attempting to build on last week's tied-fourth finish at the Phoenix Open, is three shots off the pace after his seven-under 65.

Cantlay is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and is 251.00 to add to that tally at Pebble Beach.

Spieth is 501.00, with Norlander 4001.00 and the inexperienced Bhatia 4001.00 for a first Tour win.

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