Tour Tracker: Mahan, Knox lead at Pebble Beach

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Hunter Mahan is starting to heat up on the golf course.

Mahan, who won twice in the first four months of 2012, entered the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am having finished T-16 and T-15 in his last two PGA Tour starts, respectively. He fired a 6-under 66 Thursday at Pebble Beach Golf Links to take a share of the first-round lead with Russell Knox, who shot 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Mahan was 5 under through his first seven holes, and hit his first 11 greens in regulation.

"Everything about this place I enjoy," Mahan said.

The leading pair hold a one-shot edge of a group of players that includes Matt Every, Scott Langley and Ted Potter Jr.

Other notables news from Thursday:

• Phil Mickelson, who is trying to not only win his second straight PGA Tour tournament but defend his AT&T crown, shot 1-under 69 at Monterey Peninsula thanks to some inconsistency on the greens.

• Dustin Johnson, who was paired with his girlfriend's dad Wayne Gretzky, shot a disappointing 3-over 73 at Monterey Peninsula.

• Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 at Pebble Beach in his 2013 PGA Tour debut. Westwood was paired with his dad John, and was in the same playing group as Vijay Singh, who finished with an even-par 72.

Here's how it all unfolded at the AT&T:

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Update No. 42, 6:19 p.m. EST

Hunter Mahan used 3-iron to knock it on the green in two at No. 18 at Pebble Beach. He left his eagle putt just a bit short, but would birdie the par-5 hole to finish with a 6-under 66. He's tied for the lead at 6 under with Russell Knox, who played the par-70 Monterey Peninsula CC course on Thursday.

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Update No. 41, 5:55 p.m. EST

Hunter Mahan bogeyed the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach to drop back to 5 under. Scott Langley also has dropped a shot, leaving Russell Knox as the sole leader. Knox is in the clubhouse after his 6-under 64 at the par-70 Monterey Peninsula CC.

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Update No. 40, 5:32 p.m. EST

The pro-am leaderboard is led by Scott Langley and Doug Mackenzie at 10 under. The pair has three holes to play and lead by a shot over several groups at 9 under, including Jason Day and Jim Harbaugh, and Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky is carrying that pairing as Johnson is 3 over through 17 holes.

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Update No. 39, 5:30 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just bogeyed his first hole of the round, the par-3 14th at Monterey Peninsula, to drop to 2 under with four to play.

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Update No. 38, 5:27 p.m. EST

Seung-Yul Noh bogeyed his final two holes, Nos. 8 and 9 at Spyglass Hill, to finish with a 5-under 67. He now goes from leading by a shot to trialing by a shot. Scott Langley, Russell Knox (finished with a 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula) and Hunter Mahan lead at 6 under.

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Update No. 37, 5:08 p.m. EST

Russell Knox has joined Hunter Mahan at 6 under. Knox is through 17 holes at Monterey Peninsula while Mahan is through 14 at Pebble Beach. They are both one shot behind Seung-Yul Noh, who is 7 under through 16 holes at Spyglass Hill. So that's all three courses represented at the top of the leaderboard.

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Update No. 36, 4:46 p.m. EST

Henrik Norlander led this tournament at one point earlier today. But after shooting 32 on the back nine (his front nine) at Pebble Beach, Norlander totaled 39 on the front to finish with a 1-under 71. He's six shots behind solo leader Seung-Yul Noh, who is 7 under through 16 holes at Spyglass Hill. Noh is one shot ahead of Hunter Mahan, who is 6 under through 13 holes at Pebble Beach.

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Update No. 35, 4:33 p.m. EST

We haven't looked in on Phil Mickelson's round in a while. Phil is 3 under through 11 holes at Monterey Peninsula, and is currently T-9. Lefty, the defending champion who has won four time here, has yet to make a bogey.

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Update No. 34, 4:26 p.m. EST

Hunter Mahan entered the par-3 12th at Pebble Beach having hit his first 11 greens in regulation. While Mahan missed the green right, he nearly holed his flop shot before making an 8 footer to save par. Mahan is still at 6 under, tied for the lead with Seung-Yul Noh. Matt Every was at 6 under, but ended his round with bogey at No. 9 at Pebble Beach to finish with a 5-under 67.

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Update No. 33, 4:10 p.m. EST

And Hunter Mahan has made it a three-way tie for the lead at 6 under after making a delicate 6 footer at No. 11 at Pebble Beach. Mahan, Matt Every and Seung-Yul Noh lead the next closest competitors by two shots.

Also, Vijay Singh is finished with an even-par 72 at Pebble Beach. Singh's round included three straight bogeys on the back nine. His playing competitor, Lee Westwood, fared a bit better. Westwood shot 4-under 68 and is currently T-4 in his first PGA Tour start of 2013.

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Update No. 32, 4:05 p.m. EST

Matt Every just made a slow-rolling 8 footer for birdie at No. 8 at Pebble Beach to move to 6 under and into a share of the lead with Seung-Yul Noh. Every has seven birdies, including five on the front nine as he heads into his final hole of the day, No. 9.

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Update No. 31, 4:03 p.m. EST

The first rounds are in the books today, including Kevin Stadler's 3-under 69 at Pebble Beach. Stadler's round included seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

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Update No. 30, 3:50 p.m. EST

Seung-Yul Noh has leapfrogged Hunter Mahan for the lead. Noh has six birdies in 14 holes a Spyglass Hill and is 6 under overall. He leads Mahan and Matt Every by one shot. Mahan has a chance to equal Noh, though, after having his approach hit just to the right of a bunker and take a good bounce to within 8 feet of the hole at No. 10 at Pebble Beach.

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Update No. 29, 3:37 p.m. EST

Lee Westwood made his birdie putt at No. 16 at Pebble Beach to move to 4 under. He's one shot back of leader Hunter Mahan, who has just made the turn at Pebble Beach. Henrik Norlander dropped back to 4 under after a bogey at the par-3 fifth in which he missed the green and then needed two chips to find the green.

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Update No. 28, 3:33 p.m. EST

Patrick Cantlay has moved to 3 under, two shots back of Mahan and Norlander. The former UCLA standout is through eight holes at Monterey Peninsula. Also at 3 under is Lee Westwood, who has a 10 footer for birdie coming up at No. 16 at Pebble Beach.

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Update No. 27, 3:22 p.m. EST

Vijay Singh has bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 at Pebble Beach Golf Links to drop back to even par with three holes left. His latest bogey came after Singh missed a 3-foot par putt.

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Update No. 26, 3:12 p.m. EST

It's a very colorful scorecard for Dustin Johnson. Johnson has three birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys through nine holes at Monterey Peninsula CC. He's 3 over as he makes the turn.

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Update No. 25, 3:07 p.m. EST

Heath Slocum, one of a handful of guys one shot back at 4 under, lost his PGA Tour card last year after finishing 141st on the money list and then hit his tee shot into the water at the final hole at Q-School to fail to regain his card.

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Update No. 24, 3:01 p.m. EST

Hunter Mahan has moved to 5 under through seven holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and into a tie for the lead with Henrik Norlander. Mahan has birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7, including both par 5s (Nos. 2 and 6).

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Update No. 23, 2:54 p.m. EST

Hunter Mahan has moved to 4 under through six holes at PBGL. He joins Kevin Stadler, Bob Estes, Matt Every, Heath Slocum and Ted Potter Jr one shot behind leader Henrik Norlander (5 under). Also, Lee Westwood is 3 udner through 13 at PBGL.

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Update No. 22, 2:49 p.m. EST

There are a couple of notables at the bottom of the leaderboard. David Duval and John Daly are both T-155 at 6 over. Another notable struggling is Webb Simpson. The defending U.S. Open champion is 2 over through 12 holes at MPCC.

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Update No. 21, 2:46 p.m. EST

Henrik Norlander has taken a one-shot lead at 5 under thanks to a birdie on the par-5 second at PBGL. The former Augusta State player also eagled No. 18 and birdied both par 3s on the back nine.

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Update No. 20, 2:41 p.m. EST

Sure Phil Mickelson enters this event having just won big at the Phoenix Open, but it's Brandt Snedeker who is currently atop the FedEx Cup standings. Sneds has three top 5s in four events this season (third at Hyundai, T-2 at Farmers and second at Phoenix Open). You can also throw in a T-23 showing at Humana. So far today, Sneds is 2 under through four holes at MPCC.

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Update No. 19, 2:33 p.m. EST

Lee Westwood made his PGA Tour season debut last year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. This season, he's making his Tour debut a little earlier. Westwood, who is playing with his father John, is 3 under through 13 holes at PBGL.

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Update No. 18, 2:24 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson is just two shots off the lead heading into the par-5 sixth at MPCC. Mickelson is 2 under through five holes with birdies at the par-3 third and par-4 fifth.

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Update No. 17, 2:08 p.m. EST

Bob Estes is no longer the solo leader. While Estes is still 4 under, now through 10 at SHGC, three others have joined him in the lead. Henrik Norlander is 4 under through nine holes, and Ted Potter Jr. and Heath Slocum are both 4 under through seven holes, all at PBGL.

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Update No. 16, 1:48 p.m. EST

Bob Estes makes the turn at 4 under and is in sole possession of the lead. Estes had four birdies on the front nine at SHGC. The last time Estes won a PGA Tour event? You have to go back to the 2002 Kemper Insurance Open.

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Update No. 15, 1:43 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has his first birdie of the day and it comes on the par-3 third at MPCC. He's 1 under through three holes. Remember Mickelson played the par 3s really well last week in Scottsdale, including making birdie at all four last Thursday at the Phoenix Open.

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Update No. 14, 1:39 p.m. EST

John Mallinger has had some past success in this event. Mallinger, who finished third at Pebble Beach in 2007 and 2008, is 1 under through three holes at MPCC today. He's gotten off to a slow start in 2013, though, missing his first two cuts before finishing T-78 at Farmers and T-32 at the Phoenix Open.

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Update No. 13, 1:31 p.m. EST

Not only is Hunter Mahan on the cover of this week's Golfweek Magazine, he's also off to a solid start at Pebble Beach Golf Links, making birdie on his first two holes of the day, Nos. 1 and 2.

Mahan received a lot of attention for his poor finish at 2012, highlighted by him being left off the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But so far in 2013, Mahan has played well. He did finish T-26 in the 30-man Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but finished T-15 at Farmers and T-16 last week in Scottsdale.

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Update No. 12, 1:23 p.m. EST

Seung-Yul Noh has joined the leaders at 3 under. Also, Phil Mickelson made par on No. 1 at MPCC to begin his day, and Dustin Johnson has dropped back to 2 over through four holes at MPCC.

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Update No. 11, 1:14 p.m. EST

Casey Wittenberg entered the season with high expectations after finishing first on the Web.com Tour money list last season. He started slow with two missed cuts, at Sony and Humana, but finished T-15 at Farmers and T-36 last week in Scottsdale. He's birdied his first three holes today at SHGC and the former Oklahoma State player is tied for the lead with Bob Estes and Jimmy Walker at 3 under.

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Update No. 10, 1:08 p.m. EST

We've now reached double digits in updates and we currently have two leaders. That's Bob Estes and Jimmy Walker at 3 under. Walker, who was once 3 under through two holes, has made two straight pars at No. 13.

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Update No. 9, 1:03 p.m. EST

Camilo Villegas is playing in his third tournament of the season as he tries regain his PGA Tour card. Villegas finished T-47 at Humana and then missed the cut at Farmers, but he's off to a solid start today. The former University of Florida player is 1 under through three holes at MPCC.

Also worth noting: Villegas earned the nickname Spiderman because of his unique way to read putts on the green. So who better than to pair him up with than Chris O'Donnell, who was a superhero in his own right when he played Robin opposite George Clooney's Batman in the movie Batman and Robin.

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Update No. 8, 12:56 p.m. EST

Looks like Wayne Gretzky is carrying his team right now. While Dustin Johnson is even par through three holes, the duo is 2 under thanks to a pair of birdies by Gretzky, who is an 11 handicap.

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Update No. 7, 12:51 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker and Bob Estes still hold the lead at 3 under. Estes, who turned pro in 1988, has had success at this event in recent years. His last three starts here have produced finishes of T-15, T-16 and T-4. Estes made birdies on Nos. 3-5 at SHGC today and is through six holes.

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Update No. 6, 12:45 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson doesn't look too comfortable so far today. Johnson, who is playing with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, is 1 over through two holes at MPCC. Johnson's bogey cam at the par-4 second.

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Update No. 5, 12:35 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker is now 3 under through his first three holes after a birdie at the par-3 11th at Monterey Peninsula CC. He's tied for the lead with Bob Estes.

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Update No. 4, 12:23 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker is having a pretty good start to the season. The former Baylor player has made all four cuts this season, including finishing T-4 at Farmers. He's looking to make it five cuts in a row to begin the year this week,a nd he's already out to a great start.

Walker eagled the par-5 10th at Monterey Peninsula CC, his first hole of the day. That puts him at 2 under and in a tie for the lead with Augusta State product Henrik Norlander and Brendon Todd.

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Update No. 3, 11:53 a.m. EST

A number have players have joined Derek Ernst in the lead at 1 under. Among those are Bob Estes, Morgan Hoffmann, Henrik Norlander and Vijay Singh, who just birdied No. 2 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Update No. 2, 11:42 a.m. EST

There are a lot of big names competing as amateurs this week, including NFL stars Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, tennis player Andy Roddick, and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. And while the many celebrities entered in the event will generate a lot of buzz, perhaps no one will receive as much attention as Vijay Singh.

Singh withdrew from last week's Phoenix Open due to a back injury, but the withdrawal came after Singh, 49, disclosed that he used deer-antler spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The deer-antler substance contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone.

Singh is playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and just began his round Thursday. Singh has a par on No. 1 at Pebble Beach Golf Links early on.

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Update No. 1, 11:28 a.m. EST

The first round is in its early stages and Derek Ernst sits atop the leaderboard at 1 under. The former UNLV player started his round with a birdie on No. 10 at Spyglass Hill GC. Ernst hasn't gotten off to the best of starts in his rookie season, finishing T-59 at the Sony Open, and missing the cut at both the Humana Challenge and Farmers Insurance Open.

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Pre-tournament coverage

INSIDE THE PAIRINGS: It might be 13 years later and a different tournament, but the combination of Lee Westwood and his father, John, will be a pro-am pairing to watch this week at Pebble Beach. Story.

THE PAIRINGS: Here are the tee times and pairings for the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Tee times.

THE ODDS: Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are co-favorites at 8-1 to win this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Story.

PREDICTIONS: Phil Mickelson is coming off a dominating performance at TPC Scottsdale, and half of our panel believes he'll defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week. Our predictions . . .

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