Hank Lebioda leads the AT&T Pebble Beach

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Hank Lebioda leads the AT&T Pebble Beach

Pga Tour golfers start a new tournament with the first round of the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM ($9 million prize pool). The Californian event, born way back in 1937, winds along three different routes and is now a cult on the major international professional circuit.

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At the end of the first round we find Hank Lebioda in the lead. The American tames the par 71 of the Monterrey Peninsula Golf Club by signing an excellent -8 (63 strokes). The leader boasts a length of margin over the Englishman Harry Hall and his compatriots Kurt Kitayama and Chad Ramey.

-6 and fifth position for the Australian Aaron Baddeley, for the French Martin Trainer, and for the American Eric Cole. On the par 72 courses of the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and on the par 71 course of the Monterrey Peninsula Golf Club, located in Pebble Beach (California, United States), they close the top ten in eighth position with a score of -5 the Americans Ben Martin, Scott Stallings, Harry Higgs, Keith Mitchell, and finally Kyle Westmoreland.

-2 and 47th place for the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, while the English Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood do slightly worse, still at -1. To forget the first round of the Australian Cameron Percy and the American Kevin Kisner, respectively +3 and +4.

In the late Italian afternoon, space for the second round which will loosen the links of a narrow classification. The PGA Tour is an organization that curates major professional golf tours in the United States. It is based in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida.

The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers. Tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG).

Later, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division", a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board. The name then officially changed to "PGA Tour" in 1975.

In 1981, it had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. From the end of August of that year it becomes "TPA Tour", which stands for "Tournament Players Association". The dispute was resolved within seven months and the name of the tour reverted to being "PGA Tour" in March 1982.

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