Spieth trending in ‘right direction’ ahead of Pebble Beach

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It's still the West Coast Swing, so once again much of the talk going into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be about Phil Mickelson, who has won the tournament four times among his 19 victories in California and Arizona.

"I think history was made as far as my career".

Mickelson, who was runner-up to Adam Long at last month's Desert Classic but missed the cut at the Phoenix Open last week, hit all 13 fairways for the first time in a PGA Tour round since the Farmers Insurance Open in 1998.

"I feel like my game's trending the right direction and sometimes that means results are coming soon", Spieth told reporters Wednesday.

"I've just got a clearer head", the former world No.1 said.

"I was even through five holes and then I made a nice little run".

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It gives him momentum in his return to Pebble Beach, where he lost a share of the final-round lead to journeyman Ted Potter Jr. previous year.

South Korean Kim Si-woo had the best score at Pebble, a 66, while American Cody Gribble was best at Spyglass, also 66.

Third-ranked Dustin Johnson, who won in 2009 and 2010 at Pebble in addition to finishing in a tie for second in 2014 and a year ago, has made the long trip back from the Middle East after claiming the Saudi International on Sunday with birdies on the last two holes. Johnson, the 2009 and 2010 champion, opened as the heavy favorite to win the $7.6 million purse, but Mickelson has had the most career success on the course, winning four times.

Dustin Johnson, coming off a victory in Saudi Arabia last week and a two-time victor at Pebble Beach, is among nine players at 5 under.

Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine, said getting off to a fast start was critical with 100 percent chance of rain in Friday's forecast and the weekend likely to be very wet as well.

However the 13-time US PGA Tour victor responded with three straight birdies before the turn and added two more on his back nine. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.