PEBBLE, BEACH CALIFORNIA – Sung Kang didn’t know anything about his amateur partner until he went on the Internet and looked up actor Ray Romano. He didn’t realize the par at Monterey Peninsula was 71 until he scrambled for par on his final hole and realized while signing his card Friday that he set the course record with a career-low 60.
It added to a memorable day at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (which is being played on four courses), where Kang and Hiroshi Iwata are tied for the lead.
“I feel like I’m living a dream right now,” Kang said.
Kang had three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to start his round, picked up a pair of birdies early on the front nine and then poured it on with three straight birdies that brought him to 11 under with only the par-3 ninth remaining.
“I still thought the par was 72,” he said.
He hit what he called his worst shot of the day, a big cut that came up short and in the rough. He chipped to 15 feet and saved par.
Iwata, who tied a major championship record with a 63 at the PGA Championship last year at Whistling Straits, had a 66 at Pebble Beach. His round also included an eagle, at the par-five sixth, along with six birdies and two bogeys.
Phil Mickelson, Freddie Jacobson (69 at Spyglass Hill) and Chez Reavie (70 at Pebble Beach) were one shot to par behind at 10 under, while Justin Rose had a 68 at Monterey Peninsula and was at 9 under.
Mickelson carded a six-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula, highlighted by his eagle on the 10th.
“It was a good day, I really got off to a great start it was a lot of fun,” said Mickelson, who went back to his old driver after putting a new one in his bag on Thursday.