Number of strokes under par that co-leaders Brian Gay and Scott Langley stood after the first round of the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Gay and Langley shot 64s on Thursday at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course, one of three being used during the first 54 holes. Phil Mickelson, a four-time winner of the event, shot 6-under 65 at MPCC and was among six players tied for third. Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Pebble Beach Golf Links also are in the rotation. The final round will be held at Pebble Beach (scores).
Number of consecutive birdies made by James Nitties, tying a record on major professional tours, in the first round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open. Even with the theatrics, Nitties, at 8-under 64, still trailed countryman Nick Flanagan by two strokes. Nitties, 36, starting his round on the back nine at 13th Beach Golf Links’ Beach Course in Barwon Heads, Australia, made a double bogey on the 14th hole and stood 1 over on the 15th tee. He proceeded to rack up nine consecutive birdies to set a European Tour record and tie Mark Calcavecchia’s mark on the PGA Tour, set in the 2009 Canadian Open. Austria’s Bernd Weisberger also made nine consecutive birdies, at the 2017 Maybank Championship, but an asterisk adjoins the feat because preferred lies were in place (scores).
Length, in feet and inches, of the distance from the hole that country singer Colt Ford hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th hole Wednesday at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links to win the Million Dollar Hole-in-One for Charity contest. Ford hit pitching wedge on the hole, which was set up at 100 yards, and earned $100,000 for his favorite charity. Ford, a former mini-tour golfer who was featured Tuesday in Morning Read (“Colt Ford plays familiar tune at Pebble,” Feb. 5), directed the money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. It was the second time in three years that Ford won the charity event.
First-round score for England’s Felicity Johnson, who led the ISPS Handa Vic Open at Barwon Heads, Australia. Johnson, 31, birdied her first two holes at 13th Beach Golf Links’ Creek Course and completed a bogey-free, eight-birdie round to open a one-stroke lead. The tournament, co-sponsored by the LPGA and Australian Ladies Professional Golf, is being staged concurrently with the men’s Vic Open (scores).
Number of career PGA Tour starts made by Gary Nicklaus, who will make his Champions Tour debut today in the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. Nicklaus, the fourth of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’ five children, turned 50 on Jan. 15. He recorded a career-best runner-up in the 2000 BellSouth Classic during the first of his three consecutive seasons on Tour. After making only 33 cuts and $693,571 in career earnings, Nicklaus regained his amateur status in 2007 before turning pro again to play the 50-and-older tour. He is paired with fellow Americans Rocco Mediate and Brad Faxon at 10:20 a.m. EST today on No. 1 at The Old Course at Broken Sound (tee times).
Number of career starts on the Web.com Tour for Tim Wilkinson, who shot 5-under 65 for the first-round lead in the Panama Championship. Wilkinson made seven birdies as winds gusted to 22 mph at Panama Country Club in Panama City. Wilkinson, 40, of New Zealand, is seeking his first victory on the developmental tour, on which he has posted 21 top-10 results, including two in Panama (scores).