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Archive for Friday, February 6, 2004

Kuchar, Henry tied at top

Singh, Mickelson in hunt at Pebble Beach

February 6, 2004

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Matt Kuchar and J.J. Henry, who slipped from view after promising rookie seasons, returned to the spotlight Thursday on a spectacular afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula with rounds of 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

For Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson, only the scenery changed.

Singh, closing in on the PGA Tour record for most consecutive top 10s, recovered from a difficult start with two remarkable birdies on his way to a 5-under 67 at Poppy Hills. Singh has 11 consecutive top 10s, three short of the modern record held by Jack Nicklaus.

Mickelson, playing in the same group, continued his solid play with a 68.

"I had some putts that went in and some putts that didn't go in, just like it was for everybody," Mickelson said.

The biggest surprise might have been Tommy Tolles, who shot a 66 at Pebble Beach.

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