Kevin Streelman hands a club to his caddy while playing the first hole at Spyglass Hill Golf Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
In addition to missing professional golf after being sidelined so often in the last year or two, he thinks maybe he didn't play enough golf before the Masters in previous years, and as most golf fans know, the Masters is standing in the way of McIlroy completing the career grand slam.
"I've still got two rounds at Pebble, which is probably my favorite out of the three courses and I really like playing there".
"I do, too", said Phil, with a smile and a nod. It is therefore a venue he enjoys and he no doubt looks ahead to the chance to win consecutive titles when he plays the final 36 holes at Pebble Beach.
Streelman played Spyglass Hill on he first day while Hossler was on Pebble Beach. His six birdies Thursday included one on each of Spyglass' par-5s.
Rory McIlroy's putter was more like a bothersome hawthorn stick in his hands rather than any magic wand as a awful five-putt double-bogey derailed him in the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where the Northern Irishman - in his seasonal debut on the PGA Tour - shot a 74 for a midway 142 (one under par) which left fighting to make the third round cut.
Spieth will play alongside world number one Dustin Johnson during the first two rounds.
Adam Scott, making his first competitive appearance this year, showed plenty of rust and struggled at the hard Spyglass Hill to a five over 77 and nearly at the bottom of the leaderboard. He's skipping the WGC Mexico, and added Valspar to give him three in a row two times and to keep from being of for two weeks. Johnson got out of position into bunkers on the 10th and 12th holes for bogeys, missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 14th and flew the green on the windy par-3 17th hole, the ball finally stopping on the 18th tee. "Getting out first was nice, the wind really wasn't much and I drove it nicely, I put in on the greens and made a lot of putts". His only other experience at Pebble Beach was a missed cut in the 2010 U.S. Open.
Johnson was full of good news Friday - his 64 for a share of the lead as he goes for a third victory at Pebble Beach, and he found out that his dad bowled a 300.
If McIlroy needed a shot of confidence, Day was happy to provide it.
Briefly: McIlroy tumbled out of contention by shooting 74 on Friday, including a four-putt on No. 5 at Monterey Peninsula.