Hank Lebioda in position to break missed-cut streak, preparing for harsh weather and more from first round of 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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  • 2023-02-03 00:27:29Z
  • By USA TODAY Sports - Golfweek

Matt Fitzpatrick represents the lone top-10 player in the Official World Golf Ranking at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. What does that mean? The door is wide open for someone else to have their moment in the spotlight come Sunday afternoon.

And judging by the top of the leaderboard, that might just happen.

Hank Lebioda, who hasn't made a cut on Tour since the 3M Open in July, tied his career-low score at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Thursday with an 8-under 63. The 29-year-old's last top-10 finish came at the 2021 John Deere Classic.

Names tied for second after day one: Kurt Kitayama (0 Tour wins), Chad Ramey (one Tour win at the 2022 Corales Puntacana Championship) and Harry Hall (first year on Tour).

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Friday tee times, how to watch

If you missed some of the action Thursday, no worries, we have you covered. Check out the first-round recap below.

Checking in with the big names

2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am  

Jordan Spieth smiles on the first hole during the first round of the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. (Photo: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Rose continues to play well, posting an opening-round 3-under 69 at Pebble Beach. Rose tied for 18th last week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He'll play Spyglass Hill on Friday.

Maverick McNealy, who grew up at Pebble Beach and is staying with his grandparents this week, fired a 1-under 71 at Spyglass Hill Thursday, the toughest of the three courses. He's off to Monterey Peninsula for the second round.

Viktor Hovland opened with a bogey at the par-5 first at Spyglass and didn't make another one until the last. His 2-under 70 at the hardest of the trio sets him up nicely for the next two rounds. He'll play Monterey Peninsula on day two.

Jordan Spieth had an up-and-down day at Spyglass Hill, shooting a 1-under 71 with five birdies and four bogeys on the card. The Texan will play Monterey Peninsula on Friday.

Matt Fitzpatrick, who spent Wednesday playing alongside soccer star Gareth Bale, made the turn at Spyglass Hill in 1-over 37. He made four birdies on the back nine before a double on the last derailed his solid day. A 1-under 71 for the Englishman to start his week.

Weather is coming - and it doesn't look great


Patton Kizzire plays a shot in the rain on the second hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Monterey Peninsula offers some of the best weather in the world but that doesn't mean it can't turn it up to 11.

Friday and Saturday both boast a chance of rain while Sunday looks to be a total washout. Wind will die down in time for play on Friday morning, however, Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be a different story.

Wind is projected to rise to the mid- to high-teens later in the day Saturday with gusts up to 30 MPH. On Sunday, the same story.

The final round at Pebble Beach should be very interesting.

Shot of the day

Ryan Palmer didn't need his putter a few times Thursday at Spyglass Hill.

Gotta love the Michael Jordan shrug after the eagle hole out.



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