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PEBBLE BEACH LEADERBOARD LIGHT ON STARS

The celebrity watch at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am took place everywhere but the top of the leaderboard Thursday.

Kent Jones birdied the two most famous par 3s at Pebble Beach and kept bogeys off his card for 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead, an encouraging start for someone who has played 270 tournaments on the PGA Tour without finishing in the top five.

Nationwide Tour grad Roland Thatcher was a shot back along with Q-school grad Brad Adamonis and John Mallinger, third at Pebble Beach last year as a rookie.

The star gazing took place at Poppy Hills, and while it didn't always produce great golf to match the spectacular sunshine on the Monterey Peninsula, it was entertaining.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson was on the verge of shooting himself out of the tournament until a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie burst enabled him to recover with 1-under 71.

Greg Norman, playing on tour for the first time in 18 months, was holding steady until a four-putt on the 13th hole for double bogey. He finished with 76.

Davis Love, returning to the tour for the first time in four months after a severe ankle injury, overcame an early gaffe on the par-5 14th at Spyglass with three birdies on his back nine for 70. Vijay Singh also had 70.

Tadd Fujikawa opened with 72 at Spyglass Hill. The 17-year-old from Hawaii has not made the cut since he turned pro during the summer.

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