Rory McIlroy: Northern Irishman drops down Pebble Beach leaderboard after 74

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Johnson and Hossler carded 12-under through 36 holes. He is in a group of 10 players tied for sixth place.

It might have been more irritating on any other day but this one - not with the scenery, the ambiance at Spyglass and the social nature of this pro-am. But the boy who grew up chipping balls into his parents' washing machine proceeded to hole-out for an improbable birdie. Three players, including Matt Kuchar, were tied for third at 6-under.

McIlroy, and as he had done a day earlier, birdied his opening hole and where the scoring average is 69.55 compared to Spyglass Hill at 71.23 and Pebble Beach 71.30. In four times playing at Monterey Peninsula since it joined the rotation, he only broke 70 one time and twice shot 73. But while he enjoys an amount of intimidation among the following golfers because they grew up watching him, he doesn't enjoy the same chance of taking a big chunk of the $7.4 million purse as they do.

The tournament continues through the weekend with television coverage on the Golf Channel on Friday, Saturday with CBS taking over later on Saturday (starting at 3 p.m.) and Sunday (starting at 2 p.m.).

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A shot behind them are Spanish world number two Jon Rahm, Steve Stricker and Patrick Rodgers. It was one little moment of redemption in a season that looks to have plenty of them. Also playing is David Duval (2001 British Open), Mike Weir (2003 Masters) and Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters).

Four-time champion Phil Mickelson continued his strong showing with a 72 on Pebble Beach leaving him in a tie for ninth. The only year he missed since 1994 was in 2015, when his children were on spring break. The experience is a bit more fresh for the older McIlroy, a 5-handicap who has teed it up with his son several times in the Dunhill Links Championship, a similar format to Pebble Beach that is played each year at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

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Day One of the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm got started under blue skies bringing out stars to have fun in the sun. Last week's tournament set a new PGA Tour record with a weekly attendance figure of 719,179 paid spectators.

And there were a lot of positives to take from a sunny day at Pebble Beach with minimal wind. Next week: Genesis Open.

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