Good conditions surprise Mahan

08 February 2013 09:49:22 EST

Hunter Mahan took advantage of some good conditions to take a share of the lead after the first round of the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Mahan shot a six-under 66 on some surprisingly benign conditions at Pebble Beach after rain had been forecast.

He missed only two greens and said afterwards: "The pace was great. The weather was good. I think the most interesting thing was we had perfect weather when it was supposed to rain at noon. We were all expecting rain."

Mahan is in a share of first place with the Scot Russell Knox, who carded eight birdies in a six-under-par round of 64 on the Monterey Peninsula course - one of three courses used in the event.

The pace was great. The weather was good.

Hunter Mahan

Greg Owen is joint-third, with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood a shot behind. Owen fired a five-under round at Monterey while Westwood carded a four-under-par 68 at Pebble Beach.

Seung-yul Noh of South Korea, who played at Spyglass Hill, made two bogeys on the last two holes to finish on five-under, after which he said: "Still a good score. I'm really happy with that."

Also on five-under were Scott Langley and Matt Every, who had a bogey on his final hole at Pebble Beach for a 67.

Phil Mickelson opened with a 69 at Monterey Peninsula and said of his round: "One of the things I've learned over the years here is you need to be patient. There's plenty of birdie holes throughout the three courses. Hopefully, I'll get a good run tomorrow and try to shoot myself up into contention."

Mickelson is 66/1 to win the tournament while Westwood can be backed at 50/1, Owen at 33/1 and Mahan at 66/1.

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