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Low scores abound at first event of WGT season

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The first round of the IOA Open at Pebble Beach is still in progress, but the early leaderboard is already dotted with low scores from virtual golfers around the world.

More than 50,000 players have already recorded a first-round score in the opening event of the 2014 WGT season, which is set against the backdrop of one of the world's most picturesque venues. The tournament utilizes a closest-to-the-pin format, challenging participants with nine different approach shots to holes lining the scenic Monterey Peninsula.

While players have until Jan. 24 to record a score for the opening round of this two-round event, the early lead in the Tour Legend tier belongs to dancamsam, an experienced American player with multiple WGT titles to his credit. His total for the first round is 25.63 feet - meaning that he put each shot, on average, within three feet of the target. Swedish participant ujjbnjk sits in second with a total of 29.18, while Spain's TREMUX rounds out the top three in the early standings at 30.93.

The Legend division is currently led by Ireland's gooch134, who carded a total of 35.84, while Americans adrian923 and Bebito hold second and third place with totals of 36.57 and 37.57, respectively.

The competition remains open to players of all skill levels, as participants are alloted an unlimited amount of attempts to post their best first-round score by Jan. 24. At that point, each player will have a single attempt from Jan. 25-31 to post a second-round score, with the purse of 200,000 WGT credits allocated based on players' cumulative, two-round totals.

Some early highlights from the IOA Open at Pebble Beach include an ace at the famous par-3 seventh hole by mrsc328, while PeterGeorge1 made the demanding approach to the par-5 18th hole look easy.

Players of all ability are encouraged to sign up and take their shot at one of the most famous courses in all of golf. The tee box at Pebble Beach awaits!