Hank Lebioda’s ascent at Pebble Beach a proof of perseverance

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Hank Leboida holds the lead after any round for the first time in his 102nd PGA TOUR start. Photo: Yahoo

With a career-high nine birdies, Hank Lebioda (1st/-8) equalled a career-low round on the PGA TOUR with an 8-under 63 (2019 Butterfield Bermuda Championship/R4) on Day 1 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Holds the lead after any round for the first time in his 102nd TOUR start.

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Entered the week having missed the cut in his last seven events; last made cut came at the 2022 3M Open (T16).

Best finish in three prior starts at the event is T38 (2019); finished T3 at the 2019 Butterfield Bermuda Championship for his career-best finish.

 

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With a career-best five straight birdies on Nos. 3-7 and an eagle on the par-5 16th at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Harry Hall (T2) equalled his career-low round on TOUR with a 7-under 64 (2022 Shriners Children’s Open/R4); previously had four straight birdies on four occasions, most recently in round two of the 2023 American Express.

Nick Taylor (T24) recorded a 3-under 68 (Monterey Peninsula), his 17th consecutive par-or-better score at the event (longest active streak).

2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion Jordan Spieth (T61) carded a 1-under 71 (Spyglass), his 11th par-or-better opening round in as many starts at the event; has six top-10s since making his tournament debut in 2013, second-most of any player in that span (Jason Day/7).

 

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Tom Hoge (T61) opened with a 1-under 71 (Pebble Beach) in bid to become the first repeat winner at the tournament since Dustin Johnson (2009-10).