Calc Leads in Pebble Beach


Mark Calcavecchia carded an 8-under 64 to take the opening-round lead in the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event being played on the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte courses on the Monterey Peninsula in Central California.

Calcavecchia's round at Del Monte included eight birdies and the rest pars. "Overall, I drove it well," said Calcavecchia, who played Del Monte for the first time since 1982. "I made five birdies within 4 feet."

He leads Tom Pernice Jr. by two shots.

Five players opened with 67s, including Chip Beck, Scott Simpson, Fred Couples, Bob Tway, Wayne Levi, Olin Browne and Tom Kite. Couples, Tway, Kite, Levi and 2006 winner Simpson played Thursday at Del Monte, while Beck and Browne posted 67s at Pebble Beach in the 54-hole event.

Two-time champion Jeff Sluman had a 68 at Del Monte. Tom Watson, who will turn 61 on Saturday, shot a 73 at Del Monte.

The tournament features 78 players paired with a junior player. The top 22 pro-junior teams and top 10 amateur teams will advance to the final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday.


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