Holmes bounces back, co-leads Pebble Beach

Second Round –PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am –Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) – Pebble Beach, California –

J.B. Holmes opened his week at the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am right where he left off last week.

Holmes, the three-time PGA Tour champion, lost in a playoff to Jason Day last Sunday near San Diego at the Farmers Insurance Open. The long hitter bounced right back at Pebble Beach Golf Links making eagle-2 on his first hole en route to shooting 8-under-64. Holmes, still a 40-to-1 betting pick at, is tied at the top of the leader board after 18 holes alongside Justin Hicks, who eagled his final hole to reach 8-under.

The event features a three-course rotation and Saturday cut.

Day one also featured a step-back in time for several players including John Daly, the two-time major champion. The 48-year-old posted 7-under-65 to headline a group just a shot back of the leaders. He isn’t the only player reliving past glory as 46-year-old Dudley Hart turned heads Thursday in round one firing 65 hitting 16 of 18 Greens In Regulation. He last won on tour in 2000.

Headliners Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker are also 7-under logging their opening rounds at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Furyk, making his season debut, was bogey-free on his round. He entered the week at 25-1 as the No. 6-ranked player in the world.

Last week’s champion Day logged two double bogeys on his opening nine holes. He finished even-par 72 and sits T-99 heading into day two.

Look for leader board changes in round two and three as players move around to different layouts.

Other Golf news:

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, battling flu-like symptoms, reached 11-under overall and is the halfway leader at the European Tour’s True Thailand Championship. Jimenez, 45th in the Official World Golf Ranking, entered the week as a 33-1 betting pick. He leads by one heading into the weekend.
  • Although Daly won a smaller field event during the winter overseas, he last won on the PGA Tour in 2004. He was listed at 500-1 on the betting sheet this week.
  • Bernhard Langer, who has two victories and a pair of runner-up finishes in Naples, returns to challenge the Champions Tour’s best players this weekend at the ACE Group Classic. Kirk Triplett is the defending champion.
  • Alex Prugh posted the best round of the day at Spyglass Hills Golf Club at the AT&T. He shot 6-under-66 and sits T-9. Vijay Singh, 51, managed a 67 at Spyglass.