PEBBLE BEACH., California (AP) — Kevin Sutherland shot a 10-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead over Rocco Mediate and Joel Kribel after the first round of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Thursday.
Sutherland, the runner-up this year in the U.S. PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, had eight birdies and an eagle on the Del Monte Golf Course.
“I drove the ball well, I hit my wedges well and I putted well,” said Sutherland, the tournament winner in 2000. “This course is shorter than we’re used to on the PGA Tour, but it’s a good change of pace.”
The 36th annual event features players from the U.S. PGA, U.S. LPGA, Champions and Nationwide tours as well as mini-tour players and amateur foursomes.
Mediate also played at Del Monte. He won the Callaway event in 1999.
“It was good day,” Mediate said. “I hit eight greens and had six birdies. Del Monte can be a hard golf course. I had never shot better than 3 under before.”
Kribel, a former U.S. PGA Tour regular who won the Monterey Open last month, opened at Pebble Beach. Craig Barlow and Tom Byrum shot 67s at Del Monte.
Leta Lindley shot a 68 at Del Monte, the lowest among seven U.S. LPGA Tour entrants.
Tommy Armour III’s 68 was the low round at Spyglass Hill.
The top 32 pros and ties and top-10 amateur teams and will advance to Sunday’s final round at Pebble Beach.