Holmes, Hicks share early Pebble Beach lead


The weather Thursday was some of the best ever seen for the Tour's annual stop along the Monterey Peninsula, and the scores were low as a result. Here's how things look after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks share the lead:

Leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-8), Justin Hicks (-8), Jim Furyk (-7), John Daly (-7), Brandt Snedeker (-7), Dudley Hart (-7), Chesson Hadley (-7), J.J. Henry (-7)

What it means: Holmes is just days removed from a playoff loss to Jason Day at Torrey Pines, but he bounced back admirably with a 64 at Pebble Beach that began with a hole-out eagle from 123 yards. Hicks was able to catch him atop the standings late in the day, but there remains a host of contenders just one shot back with two rounds still to go before the field is cut to the top 60 plus ties.

Round of the day: Holmes nearly got the trophy last week in San Diego and he is again positioned to contend after an 8-under round that included seven birdies and a bogey to go along with his opening eagle. Holmes found 16 of 18 greens in regulation and tallied four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 3-7.

Best of the rest: Hicks is in search of his first PGA Tour victory, and he's given himself a good opportunity after a bogey-free 64 at Pebble Beach. Hicks made the turn in 3 under, then finished with a flurry, carding birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 before closing the round with an 18-foot eagle putt on the scenic 18th hole.

Biggest disappointment: Jimmy Walker and Jason Day were the top two favorites this week, but both could muster only rounds of even par during Round 1. Walker, the defending champ, made just two birdies during his opener at Spyglass Hill while Day, fresh off his win at Torrey Pines, had two double bogeys during his round of 72 on the host course.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The player to watch Friday is the one that stole the show on Thursday: Daly. At age 48, he is again contending on the PGA Tour after a bogey-free effort in the opening round, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain the momentum. Two likely challengers are alongside him at 7 under - Snedeker, a winner here two years ago, and Furyk, who is making his 2014-15 season debut.

Shot of the day: Holmes shook off his playoff loss quickly with a hole-out wedge from 123 yards on the difficult par-4 10th hole, his first hole of the day at Pebble Beach. He went on to birdie the next hole as well en route to an opening 64.

Quote of the day: "It's been a long time since I've played that well." - Daly