The GOATs of goats

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Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler lead the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after shooting seven-under 65's on Thursday. Streelman's round was particularly impressive considering it happened at Spyglass Hill, the most difficult of this week's three courses. Hossler fired his round at Pebble Beach and comes into the week riding a string of strong performances, finishing t17th, t35th and t20th in his last three starts. Full scores

Right behind Streelman and Hossler are Matt Kuchar, 21-year-old rookie Aaron Wise and sponsor-exemption Julian Suri. Kuchar posted his 66 on the tough Spyglass setup, and his balanced attack suits the courses well.

Wise shot the low round of the day at the Monterey Peninsula Shore Course. The former NCAA Champion has two top-17 finishes in his last four starts.

Suri is making his third start in America after torching the Euro Tour in the second half of 2017. The former Duke standout notched four top-10 finishes in his final five starts of 2017.

Notes

After starting birdie - hole-in-one - birdie, Patrick Cantlay fired a 66 at MPCC and sits in a tie for sixth.

Former Wake Forest star and sponsor exemption Will Zalatoris shot a 66 to grab a share of sixth. Zalatoris is a stripeshow. If he continues to make putts, he could contend this weekend.

The stars

A number of golf's biggest names are playing in Monterey, and most teed it up today at Spyglass. Here's how they fared.

Dustin Johnson shot a five-under 67 to grab a tie for sixth.

Rory McIlroy, whose pro-am partner is his father, was one behind Johnson at four-under. Joining Rory at four-under is Jon Rahm, who played the Monterey Peninsula Shore Course.

Farmers Insurance champion Jason Day is at three-under after playing Spyglass.

Jordan Spieth recorded his ninth straight round with over 30 putts en route to an even-par 72 at Spyglass.

Game of the week

We are rolling out a new weekly feature that spotlights different games you can play on the course. To kick us off, Kyle Nathan breaks down a great game to play with three players on the course, the Calvin Peete Game. Named after the straightest driver in golf history, this game pits the middle ball on each hole against the two other players. Read more about the rules of The Calvin Peete Game, and if you have a game you play with your buddies, submit it here for future consideration.

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A recap and preview

College golf's spring season is underway. Oklahoma State dominated the season's first high profile event, the Amer Ari Invitational. The win solidifies their spot as the favorites to win the National Championship. Contributor Will Knights put together a great recap of the fall season and a look ahead on what to watch for this spring.

Romo to tee it up on the Tour

Former NFL Quarterback and CBS Football Analyst Tony Romo will tee it up at this year's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He will surely inject some interest in the new PGA Tour event that is otherwise devoid of stars because of the coinciding WGC-Dell Match Play. I don't expect Romo to be competitive in the event, but he has competed and won (2009 Will County Amateur) at the amateur level.

On the skillet - Monterey Peninsula C.C. Dunes Course - 14th - Par 3

I talk a lot about strategy, options and playability, but sometimes sheer beauty is the ultimate design feature.

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The par-3 14th at Monterey Peninsula's Dunes Course is one of the most beautiful holes in all of golf. The original designer of the course was Seth Raynor, who died during construction, leading to Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter finishing construction. In the 80s, the club hired Rees Jones to fix drainage issues, who raised the greens and deepened bunkers. Rees also added a spectacular back tee to the 14th on a rock outcropping. From the back, tee play is directly over the ocean to the green.

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In 2015, the club hired Tom Fazio disciples Tim Jackson and David Kahn to overhaul the course. The duo rebuilt the course’s greens and added beautiful bunkering (as seen on the left side of the 14th).

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On the 14th, the duo also added a single Cypress tree on the left side of the green. A tree that is now regularly confused by tourists as the famed "lone Cypress". It's one of the more unforgettable holes I have ever played in my life because of its sheer beauty.

Quick hooks

The European Tour’s Perth Super 6 is through two rounds - full scores

Four share the lead in Columbia through one round on the Web.com Tour.

Silvie’s Ranch will offer real live goats as caddies in 2018.

There’s a great article on Renaissance Golf’s website where Tom Doak talks about the virtues of short grass as a hazard.