Tiger Woods recorded his seventh straight par on the par-3 seventh, and playing partner Ernie Els also parred to remain at -1. Of all the big hitters, those former Open champions have shown the most consistency from tee to green so far.
But as many commentators have noted, the first seven holes are the easy part at Pebble Beach. Nos. 8-10 will test their mettle because they run along the cliffs by the pacific Ocean, and the USGA has moved the fairways closer to that trouble, demanding more accurate tee shots.
New Jersey amateur Morgan Hoffman dropped out of the lead group with a bogey at No. 11 to drop to -1, but Brendon De Jonge, who grew up in Zimbabwe and won the Big East championship in 2003 at Virginia Tech, has moved into the lead at -2 with Paul Casey and Matthew Richardson.