Date: February 08, 2008

Aussie trio in the hunt

Steve Allan, Jason Day and Andrew Buckle are all within three shots of the leader, American Kent Jones, after the opening round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The Australian trio each kicked off their tournament with impressive three-under par rounds of 69. Jones posted four of his six birdies on the back nine to finish on top of the leader board at six-under par with a bogey-free round at the $7 million dollar (AUD) event. John Mallinger, Roland Thatcher and Brad Adamonis are one shot adrift on five under, while Jay Williamson is one of 10 players tied for third at 4-under. Mercedes-Benz Championship-winner Daniel Chopra headlines a group of 11 players at three under and defending champion and three-time tournament winner Phil Mickelson finished at one under. Matt Jones is the next best Australian at two-under par while Matthew Goggin finished the day at one-under the card. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Round One -5 Roland Thatcher 43, D.A. Points 40 -4 Kent Jones 45, Tim Herron 40 -3 Mark Wilson 28, Michael Letzig 17, Michael Allen 49, J.B. Holmes 49, John Mallinger 44, Frank Lickliter 44, J.J. Henry 41, Tom Scherrer 37, Skip Kendall 28 -2 Kris Cox 38 Brad Adamonis 21, Jeff Quinney 54, Jay Williamson 54, Brian Davis 51, Brandt Snedeker 42, Andrew Buckle (Australia) 43 also: -1 Grant Waite (New Zealand) 30, Mathew Goggin (Australia) 35 -2 Steve Allan (Australia) 41, E Matt Jones (Australia) 31, Greg Norman (Australia) 36, Michael Sim (Australia) 49 +1 Jason Day (Australia) 37, Gavin Coles (Australia) 61 +3 Phil Tataurangi (New Zealand) 34, David Lutterus (Australia) 51 Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 56 +6 Brett Rumford (Australia) 73 +7 Steve Elkington (Australia) 43