Severe rain is forecast for California's Monterey Peninsula during the next three days and PGA Tour officials are bracing for a Monday finish.
Gay strung together five straight birdies to close his front nine, and then had three more in his final five holes. He's (theoretically) motivated, having lost his PGA Tour card last season. Langley has never finished in the top 25 here.
Defending champion Ted Potter, Jr., who held off Johnson, Day, Mickelson and Chez Reavie to win by three past year, shot 82 at Spyglass Hill. Why is this unsurprising?
Most of the good scores came at Monterey Peninsula, which yielded a lower average than Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. And also because this foursome will play Saturday on network television at magnificent Pebble. I'm optimistic about their chances (these four against the field would be a fascinating bet), but I want to see what happens at Spyglass on Friday before making any declarations.
It was also a good opening day for Greystones' Paul Dunne, who posted a three-under 69 in the innovative ISPS Handa Vic Open in Melbourne. He threw out a random number of years it had been since this happened, but the actual number is 21 years.
"To the best of my knowledge it's taken me 27 years and a few months to hit all fairways in a single round in a competition", said Mickelson, who initially believed it was the first time he had accomplished the feat. He has the best scoring average - 66.4 - on the course during the tournament since 2010 (minimum of four rounds played). Other than Potter? My pick to win, Tommy Fleetwood, had a rough one. The U.S. Open returns in June, when Mickelson will get another shot to try to complete the career Grand Slam.
New Zealand beats India by 80 runs in 1st T20
The wicket-keeper batsman blasted a 43-ball 84 to lay the foundation of New Zealand's 219/6 against India at the Westpac Stadium. Ms Dhoni scored 39 off 31 but his innings lacked the skills or the intent to get India off in a steep chase.
Stat of the day: It was a day of numbers for Mickelson, apparently.
"I'm really happy about the back nine". All four players return to Pebble along with numerous game's best, including Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Jason Day. A sawed off wedge on the iconic seventh hole that scoots all the way back to the pin.
Ho Sung update: The people's champ got an early fist bump from Aaron Rodgers, but his 1-over 72 at easy Monterey did not play well.
"I feel like my game's trending the right direction and sometimes that means results are coming soon", Spieth told reporters Wednesday.
Day, Johnson and Spieth are all part of the world number one club.