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Donald leads Pebble Beach

February 10, 2006

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— Luke Donald was in the group ahead when Phil Mickelson blistered Spyglass Hill last year for a course-record 62. He remembers being amazed at the score, and hearing how it would be a long time before anyone else could do that at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"It only took 365 days," Donald said Thursday. "I'm glad it was me."

Taking advantage of weather that approached perfection, Donald holed out for eagle from 96 yards, strung together birdies and wound up matching Mickelson's record with a 10-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Mike Weir.

Mickelson looks like he will end a dubious streak at this tournament - the last four defending champions at Pebble Beach have missed the cut. Lefty was headed that direction with a double bogey on his third hole at Poppy Hills, making the turn in 37. But he finished with a flourish - birdie-birdie-eagle - for a 67 and was tied for 10th.

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