How the scoring broke down in Round 1 at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Some interesting stats from the first round at Pebble Beach as we wait for Round 2 to begin:
• Shaun Micheel and Paul Casey, two of the three co-leaders, combined for just 45 putts. Micheel led the field with just 22 putts, while Casey had 23. They both hit just seven greens in regulation.
• This may be the U.S. Open, but you don’t need to hit a lot of fairways to succeed here. Casey hit just six fairways in his 69, while Mike Weir and Ryo Ishikawa shot 70 despite finding the fairway just 7 of 14 times.
U.S. Open: Round 1 at Pebble Beach
First-round action from the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.
• Among the four players that hit 13 of 14 fairways, no one broke par. Justin Leonard and Kenny Perry were best in the group with 1-over 72s.
• No surprise here. Dustin Johnson led the field in driving distance at 325.0 yards per tee shot. Johnson, the two-time defending champion at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, is T-10 after shooting 71. Johnson was nine yards ahead of ’07 U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera, who was second in the statistic.
• Alex Cejka shot 70 thanks to 15 greens in regulation, the most in the field.
• The 208-yard, par-3 17th played as the most difficult Thursday (3.58 strokes). Only 20.5 percent of the field hit the green in regulation.
• The 502-yard, par-4 second also played more than a half-shot over par (4.56). In comparison, the par-5 sixth hole played as Pebble Beach’s easiest hole with a 4.64 scoring average. There were 68 birdies on the hole, 38 more than any other hole (30 were made on the 15th).
• The two easiest holes on the course are consecutive holes – Nos. 6 and 7. The 109-yard, par-3 seventh played to an average of 2.99, which is surprisingly high considering 81.4 percent of the field hit the green in regulation. There were 127 players that hit the green, but only 25 birdies were made on the hole.