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Rory McIlroy four-putted from six feet while Dustin Johnson avoided any similar mishaps to move into the halfway lead at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California on Friday.

Hossler, who shot a five-under par 67 at Spyglass Hill, has played a bogey-free 36 holes in his bid for a first victory in this only his 10th start as a PGA Tour member.

In the case of Mr. McIlroy, it certainly helps to have a multi-millionaire son whose golf prowess is well documented.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy opened his USA season with a 68 at Spyglass to share 16th at four under with a host of players including world No.2 Jon Rahm.

Now more young studs are coming through, with Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm both asserting their dominance over the previous year. "It was great being out there with him. I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow". Pebble Beach is his third straight sponsor's exemption on the PGA Tour.

After a slow start Thursday at Spyglass Hill - he was 2 over par through 11 holes - Mickelson has played his last 25 holes in 11 under par.


Johnson would appear to be the man to beat on Sunday, though he has a mixed history at Pebble Beach - and atop the leaderboard. I should have won that, I let that tournament slip. Rounds of golf took upward of six hours. They will be in the final group Sunday, along with their amateur partners.

Mickelson, 47, sees a bigger picture.

"It's a tournament that I've always watched, and I've always thought one day it would be really cool to play with my dad and fortunately we were able to get him in and play", McIlroy explained in his pre-tournament press conference. Could he eventually become a PGA Tour regular?

He still makes his living on the golf course, where he's approaching one full year atop the world ranking. Even the bad weather days you come to enjoy and appreciate the challenge of this place. Just like it was 81 years ago with Bing Crosby, the Pro-Am is a colorful mixture of the game's top pros playing alongside actors, musicians, sports stars and captains of industry. His dad, Scott, an avid bowler, rolled a 300 game back home in Columbia, S.C. Dustin Johnson also is an accomplished bowler, with a high game of 292.

Mickelson's amateur partner is Jimmy Dunne III, senior managing principal for Sandler O'Neill & Partners, an investment banking firm in NY. Dunne is an avid golfer and said to be among a very few who claim memberships at Augusta National, Pine Valley, Cypress Point and Seminole.

It might have been more irritating on any other day but this one - not with the scenery, the ambiance at Spyglass and the social nature of this pro-am.

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