Adam Scott fancied to mount strong challenge at Pebble Beach

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Day shares third at six under alongside five others including five-time major victor Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson, who is chasing his 50th career victory, was flawless from the tee as he hit 13 out of 13 fairways - the first time he recorded a 100 per cent success rate in that department on the PGA Tour since 1998, although he was unaware that he had managed this before. "I'm not going to chase them as hard as I tried to maybe force or chase them a year ago because you can get hurt doing that". Since 2010 no one has played the course better in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am than Day, and he added to his good fortune on the Shore layout in Thursday's first round.

A poor three-putt bogey from 21 feet at the 18th took some of the gloss off his day but he was still just three shots behind early leader Brian Gay, who shot a seven-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula where four-time victor Phil Mickelson carded a 65 and Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth opened with 66s.

"If I think about it that way it it certainly makes me happier, frees me up a bit".

The unusually accurate driving helped the five-times major champion to a six-under-par 65 at Monterey Peninsula, one of three courses used at the event.

Gay finished his front nine at Monterey Peninsula with five straight birdies.

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He's a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto. Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical.

Mickelson still needs to capture a first US Open to join just five other players, including long-time arch-rival Tiger Woods as a member of golf's most-exclusive club - "The Grand Slam Club".

"I'm on my way to getting it again", Scott said.

Brandt Snedeker produced a contender for birdie of the year after he made a four on the iconic 18th despite pulling his drive onto the beach in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. They are tied for second with South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who posted the low score on the Pebble Beach course, and Cody Gribble, the low man at Spyglass Hill on Thursday.

Compatriot Paul Casey birdied the final two holes at Pebble Beach to return a three under opening round.

Langley, who started on the back nine, ripped off eight birdies in a 12-hole span from No. 12 to No. 5, but he also made two bogeys on the day.

Spieth is part of a field that also includes world number three Dustin Johnson, who won the European Tour's Saudi International on Sunday. He opened with four bogeys in 10 holes and rallied for a 72 at Monterey Peninsula.

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