AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Slow start for Mickelson

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PEBBLE BEACH — Phil Mickelson had 14 pars and two birdies Thursday in the opening round of his 25th AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. But the five-time tournament winner also had two double-bogeys and played himself deep into the field with a 2-over 74 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Mickelson, 50, opened with a double bogey and did the same on the 16th en route to his lackluster day compared to his victory in 2018 when he became the tournament’s oldest win at age 48.

The longest (2018) and shortest (2018) PGA Tour events are owned by Mickelson at the AT&T and both occurred on Mondays.

But a record sixth event title and 45th career victory now seem improbable, with Mickelson 12 shots behind leader Patrick Cantlay.

Welcome back Mr. Gogel

He retired 14 years ago and it’s now been two decades since Matt Gogel won his only PGA Tour title. But via a sponsor’s exemption, Gogel is back at Pebble Beach this week among nine former titlists in the field.

Gogel’s victory in the event occurred in 2002, the longest ago of any in the previous winners’ group. With final-round 69, including a final-hole, 35-foot birdie, Gogel defeated Pat Perez by three shots at 14-under-par 274. He also finished tied for second at the 2000 AT&T.

Five seasons after his Pebble Beach win Gogel retired at age 36. He was frustrated by his lackluster play and the loss of the PGA Tour card. He wanted to spend more time with his family, and his last career event was the 2007 AT&T.

Gogel, who has worked as a television commentator for several networks since his retirement, shot an opening-round 78 at Pebble Beach, two days after his 50th birthday. He made birdie on the second and third holes, but also had three bogeys in his opening nine and then double-bogeyed the 10th.

Hole-in-one for Barnes

Ricky Barnes received a late entry into the field as the seventh alternate in the field. The Stockton native is playing in his 10th straight AT&T and the 14th of his career.

Barnes, 40, made the best of his sudden arrival in the first round with a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole at Pebble Beach. Two holes later, Barnes bogeyed the eighth and double-bogeyed the ninth hole. He finishing his opening nine with a 37 and en route to a 75.

Barnes, whose third place in the 2012 AT&T was his career-best, has also missed the cut seven times.

This week, Barnes will also continue his dubious career streak. He’s now played in 313 PGA Tour events and never won. He’s had 18 career top 10s, 1 second, 3 thirds and 131 missed cuts.

Contributed by local news sources

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