Ex-CCU standout Johnson tied for lead at Pebble Beach

Former Coastal Carolina standout Dustin Johnson made a strong comeback from offseason knee surgery in Thursday’s Pebble Beach (Calif.) Pro-Am.

Johnson had a pair of eagles in the first six holes en route to a 9-under 63 at Pebble Beach that left him in a three-way atop the leaderboard with Danny Lee and Charlie Wi.

Johnson, who has a history of strong showings at Pebble Beach, returned to tournament golf three weeks ago after having surgery on his knee. He withdrew from his first tourney due to back stiffness.

Ken Duke shot a blistering 28 on the back nine at Pebble Beach en route to a 64 that left him tied with Brian Harman (64) at 8-under.

Nick Watney (66) headed a four-player contingent at 6-under with the day’s best round at Spyglass Hill. Hunter Mahan was among a group of five players at 5-under.

In addition to Watney and Kevin Na (66), Bob Estes (67) was the only other player with a lower score than Woods at Spyglass Hills.

Tiger Woods was five shots off the pace after shooting a 4-under-par 68. Playing in his first event of the year, Woods carded six birdies.

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