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February 7 2013

7:41 PM

Mahan, Knox set pace at 6 under

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Hunter Mahan bounced back from his only bogey of the day with a birdie aton Pebble Beach's iconic 18th hole to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Mahan two-putted from 45 feet on the signature par 5 that skirts the Pacific Ocean to get to 6 under and pull even with Russell Knox in relation to par. The Scotsman shot 64 at Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course, which is the only one in the three-course rotation that plays to a par 70.

"The conditions were so benign right now that you can be aggressive and there are some pins that were definitely accessible today," Mahan said. "So it was nice to take advantage of that.... I like how I played and hit a lot of good quality shots and it was nice to end with a birdie today."

The group at 5 under included Matt Every, Ted Potter Jr., Greg Owen, Ryuji Imada, Scott Langley and Seung-yul Noh, who was in the lead by himself before he bogeyed his last two holes at Spyglass Hill. Langley, the first member of The First Tee to earn a PGA TOUR card, made seven birdies and two bogeys on the Shore Course.

Brandt Snedeker, who currently leads the FedExCup standings and won the season-long competition last year, heads a group of nine players at 4 under. Snedeker, who opened the season by finishing third on Maui, has been the runner-up the last two weeks.

Lee Westwood, who is making his 2013 PGA TOUR debut and played Pebble Beach with his dad John on Thursday, is also in the group at 4 under. Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who won last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open in record-setting fashion, shot 1 under at Monterey Peninsula.

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