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February 9 2012

11:43 PM

Watney in good shape after Round 1

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Nick Watney's 66 matched the low round of the day at Spyglass Hill.

See you later, Spyglass Hill.

That was Nick Watney after his opening 66 at Spyglass Hill -- the toughest course on the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rota and matching Kevin Na for lowest round at the 6,858-yard layout.

"It's always probably the toughest course of the three," Watney said. "So it's nice to play well out here and get perfect weather."

Watney wasn't in a good shape entering the week. He was rusty after illness forced him out of last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his slow start to the 2012 has been a surprise after his big 2011 season.

"Yeah, [I] definitely feel better," said Watney, who is looking for his first top-10 of the year. "It gave me some time to go home and practice too, once I started coming out of it. I'm not surprised, but I'm definitely pleased."

Watney, like everyone else in the field, raved about the calm conditions on Thursday, which left all three courses surrendering low scores. The courses' conditioning also contributed to the red numbers.

"The greens are probably the best that we've seen around this place well, the best ever I've seen," said Watney, who grew up less than 200 miles from Pebble Beach. "The courses are in such good shape, that if you're playing well, there are good scores to be had."

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