Johnson, Hossler tied at Pebble Beach

Sheri Evans
February 10, 2018

Streelman has played well in each of the last two years at Pebble Beach and although seldom contending of late he hardly ever misses a cut these days and his consistency in that regard has been rewarded with a fine start this week.

After nearly driving the green, the Northern Irishman used his putter from the fringe and stroked the ball to within six feet of the cup, from where he took four putts and probably ended his hopes in the tournament in a matter of seconds.

"I'm just going through just a minor slump that is just set-up related".

Spieth is part of a strong field at Pebble Beach that features one prominent newcomer - Rory McIlroy.

Watch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. The biggest difference between the two - excluding the magnificent weather for the week - is how he feels about his game and his outlook.

"I was just sort of ready to call it quits for the year after the Dunhill. With how dejected and wanting to get away from it I was then, to how rejuvenated and optimistic I am now, it feels a lot different that way".

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The Pebble Beach and the Spyglass course have traditionally been considered the easier of the three courses, while players tend to struggle more with the Monterrey Peninsula course.

However, when Day's comment about McIlroy's desire was put to the Holywood man during his pre-tournament press conference, the 28-year-old responded brushed off any suggestions that his enthusiasm has been dimmed by a winless 2017 during which his progress was hampered by injury and inconsistency.

Johnson won this tournament in 2009 and 2010, and he nearly secured a third tournament win in 2014. He shot 82 that day.

Mickelson loves the Monterey Peninsula having recorded four victories (1998, 2005, 2007 & 2012) and a runner-up finish (2016) since 1998.

Johnson said he's approaching the form that saw him win three straight tournaments early past year before he fell on some stairs and hurt his back as he prepared to tee it up in the Masters. They didn't do much work.

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

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