PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Hunter Mahan, who will defend his title at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks, is off to a hot start at Pebble Beach on Thursday.
Mahan has birdied five of his first eight holes to grab a share of the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mahan, who finished second at the tournament two years ago, is deadlocked with rookie Henrik Norlander, who started on the back nine and has completed 13 holes at Pebble Beach.
Bob Estes, Matt Every, Russell Knox, Seung-yul Noh, Camilo Villegas, Ted Potter Jr. and John Merrick are tied at 4 under. Estes and Noh are playing Spyglass Hills; Knox and Villegas are at Monterey Peninsula and Every, Potter and Merrick are at Pebble Beach.
Villegas is playing with actor Chris O'Donnell, start of "NCIS: Los Angeles." The two are 7 under in the pro-am portion of the tournament and are tied for the lead with five other groups.