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  • Associated Press Co-leader Beau Hossler, a PGA Tour rookie, has not made bogey during the first two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:00 am

Golf

Johnson gets hot, ties for AT&T lead

Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Dustin Johnson already was feeling good about his game heading over to the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. Another day of gorgeous weather in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am made him feel even better.

Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, ran off three straight birdies to start his round, made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and wound up with a 7-under 64 on Friday to share the 36-hole lead with PGA Tour rookie Beau Hossler.

“Probably my lowest by about seven shots at Monterey Peninsula, so I was happy with that,” Johnson said. “It's probably the first time, too, I think we have ever played over there with nice weather. So it was definitely a good day.”

Hossler, best known in these parts for contending on the weekend at Olympic Club in 2012 U.S. Open when he was 17, was flawless at Spyglass Hill in a round of 67 to join Johnson at 12-under par.

Hossler has not made a bogey this week. He holed an 18-foot par putt on the 10th hole at Pebble on Thursday. For his second round, he never came close to bogey, hitting all but two greens in regulation and having standard chips on those.

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

They were two shots ahead to par on Julian Suri (67 at Monterey Peninsula) and Troy Merritt (67 at Spyglass Hill).

Lurking another shot behind were Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm.

Mickelson hasn't won since the British Open in 2013 at Muirfield, and he finally started to see some reasonable results after a sluggish start this year. Mickelson was tied for the lead at one point when he ran off three straight birdies at Monterey Peninsula, though he made only two more over his final 11 holes for a 65.

Rahm was at Pebble Beach and holed his share of 6-footers for birdie for a 67. Just as big was the 8-foot putt he made on the 18th hole for par when he hit 3-wood to the right behind a tree, pitched nicely under the limbs and over the bunker just through the green, and then his chip ran downhill by the hole.

Jason Day had a 65 at Monterey Peninsula and was in the group at 9 under that included Steve Stricker (66 at Monterey Peninsula).

EUROPEAN: In Perth, Australia, Lee Westwood was tied for the lead with defending champion Brett Rumford after two rounds of the World Super 6 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Rumford, who led by two strokes after the opening round, shot a par 72. Westwood had a 70 to move into the tie, with four other golfers a stroke behind.

Westwood and Rumford had 36-hole totals of 8-under 136.

The top 24 after three rounds play six-hole shootouts in the event co-sanctioned by three tours: European, Asian and PGA of Australia.

PGA CHAMPIONS: In Boca Raton, Florida, Mark Calcavecchia shot an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Boca Raton Championship, the PGA Tour Champions' first full-field event of the season.

Calcavecchia, 57, birdied seven of his first 10 holes and added another on the par-4 seventh at The Old Course at Broken Sound.

Rocco Mediate and Jeff Maggert were a stroke back.

Bernhard Langer, the 2010 winner in his home event, was at 66 with Fred Funk and Jesper Parnevik. Langer, 60, won seven times, three of them majors, last season. John Daly, playing alongside Langer, was another stroke back with 2014 champion Michael Allen, 2015 winner Paul Goydos, Steve Flesch, Duffy Waldorf, Kirk Triplett, Jerry Smith and Kent Jones.