PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (WJHG/WECP) - Playing Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time in a practice round earlier this week, Panama City Beach native Chase Seiffert said he had "one of the best rounds of [his] life."
His first round Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of the best of his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
Seiffert's 6-under 66 puts locks him into a tie for second with Patrick Cantlay, two back of the lead held by Canadian Nick Taylor.
Starting on the back nine at the Pebble Beach Course, he birdied on 10, and 15 and eagled the par-5 18th, making the turn at four under.
Birdies on par-5 second and par-5 fifth holes moved the Mosley alumnus into the solo lead for a short time and a tie for the lead for most of the day before Taylor's surge.
Although sleeping on an impressive score at an iconic venue might seem like cause for anxiousness, the atmosphere at Pebble has been putting Seiffert at ease since he arrived.
"It's kind of a perfect day in the office at one of the best golf courses in the world," Seiffert said. "I had total control of my golf ball today too, knew where it was going. I felt great. You can't really ask for more than that, to go out and post a number like that on Pebble.
"It's relaxing hearing the waves crash and the views around you, but it's also easy to be relaxed when you feel good about your game, when you feel good about how you're hitting it, and when you feel comfortable, it's easy to be relaxed and let the round come to you."
By his own admission, the round could have been even lower, with a few lip outs keeping him from a share of the lead. There's no time tonight to worry about what could have been. Instead, he'll squeeze in a light workout and movie before getting back after it Friday morning.
"There's definitely some putts here or there that could have toppled in," Seiffert added. "The par saver on nine was probably the shot of the day to keep the round bogey free, keep the momentum. That was a really difficult golf shot too."
From 153 yards out in the left rough, Seiffert shot to within 23 feet of the hole and two-putted for par to cap off the day in a unique position.
"It is a little bit different, but at the end of the day I still have to make a lot more birdies. I still have to hit a lot more golf shots and play smart, so keep doing what I did today, just one foot in front of the other and stay within the moment. Do the best I can and see where we turn out at the end of the week."
Seiffert tees off round two at 10:01 a.m. pacific playing Spyglass Hill with amateur partner Prakash Melwani and PGA pro Matthew NeSmith, who is paired with amateur Neil Dhar.
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