Steve Marino and D.A. Points matched 7 under scores to share the lead after the 1st round of the ATTPBNPA. Marino's 65 at Pebble Beach and Point's 63 at the par 70 Monterey Peninsula course were accomplished during near perfect conditions in this golf mecca.
Alex Cejka, playing at Monterey, held solo 2nd with a -6, 64. Tom Gillis, Gary Woodland, and Keegan Bradley shared the next slot at -5. See what I meant by a distinct lack of big names near the top? Plenty of golf left though, so expect to see a lot of movement on the board in the coming days. Points and celeb partner Bill Murray shared second in the amateur fight with -11 score. Sounds like a winning scramble score at my course.
Notable's starting efforts included Padraig Harrington and Vijay Singh at -3, last week's everyman pick Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey at -1, and John Daly, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson knotted at +1. Full Field 1st Round Scores.
My chuckle of the opening round had to be at the expense of ESPN's icon Chris Berman. He had a serious case of the rights on 18 at Pebble. Not that I can't relate. Gun toting luxury homeowners kept the mayhem to a minimum. I'm not certain who has the worst attack at the golf ball, Berman or Rush Limbaugh. I suppose it would be tough for Limbaugh to go any righter than he already is though. Advantage Rush.