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Pebble Beach, Calif. — Grosse Ile's Justin Hicks and J.B. Holmes shot 8-under 64s Thursday to share the lead in brilliant sunshine at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Surprisingly, John Daly was Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.

Hicks saved his best for the final hole at Pebble Beach, typically the easiest course in the rotation in benign conditions, reaching the par 5 in two and making an 18-foot eagle putt.

His week began with a big laugh. His back felt tight, so Hicks went to see a local chiropractor to relieve some of the pain. Then he went to the Tour's chiropractor, who told him his glutes weren't activating.

"I almost fell off the chair," Hicks said. That was the phrase Tiger Woods used last week when he withdrew after 11 holes. "I never quite used that term myself to describe an injury. I never really even heard that term. So to have him tell me that, I was just thinking, 'You're kidding, right?' "

With his best opening round on the PGA Tour in nearly 10 years, John Daly kept a clean card at Pebble Beach on a magnificent day along the Monterey Peninsula and was one shot behind.

"To have weather like this now — it's supposed to be like this all week — it is absolutely incredible," said Jim Furyk, who made his 2015 debut with a 64 at Monterey Peninsula. It's already one of the most beautiful places I've been to and then to have weather like this, it's just spectacular."

Hicks and Holmes each shot 8-under 64 at Pebble Beach, typically the easiest course in the rotation in benign conditions.

Furyk, former Pebble winner Brandt Snedeker and Chesson Hadley were at 7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula, while J.J. Henry and Dudley Hart joined Daly at 65 at Pebble Beach.

The low score at Spyglass Hill belonged to Alex Prugh at 6-under 66.

Brian Stuard (Jackson) shot a 5-under 67 at Spyglass Hill.

Jason Day, coming off a playoff win at Torrey Pines that included Holmes, struggled to a 72 at Pebble Beach, while Glen Day shot a 5-under 66 at Monterey Peninsula.

Holmes had a start as ideal as the weather. He holed a wedge from 123 yards on the 10th hole for eagle, and then hit another wedge to 5 feet for birdie on No. 11. For all his length, he only birdied one of the par 5s, and that was with a 20-foot putt.

Even so, it was good way to forget last week, where he lost on the second playoff hole.

"I've just got to keep reminding myself it was a great week for me, and I did everything I could do and just carry that on to this week and maybe things will go a little bit different this week," he said.

Hicks saved his best for the final hole, reaching the par 5 in two and making an 18-foot eagle putt. His week began with a big laugh. His back felt tight, so Hicks went to see a local chiropractor to relieve some of the pain. Then he went to the tour's chiropractor, who told him his glutes weren't activating.

"I almost fell off the chair," Hicks said. That was the phrase Tiger Woods used last week when he withdrew after 11 holes. "I never quite used that term myself to describe an injury. I never really even heard that term. So to have him tell me that, I was just thinking, 'You're kidding, right?'"

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