Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Some of the biggest stars had to settle for simply enjoying the sunshine.
Jordan Spieth struggled with his short game — typically a strength— and opened with a 71 at Spyglass Hill. Jason Day also had a 71 at Spyglass, while Bubba Watson opened with a 73.
Freddie Jacobson made five birdies in a six-hole stretch at Pebble Beach for a 7-under 65. Cameron Smith and Bronson Burgoon were at 7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula.
Justin Rose had a 66 to join J.B. Holmes with the best score at Spyglass.
Targeted calls may change
Replay officials likely will have more power when it comes to calling targeting penalties in college football next season.
The NCAA football rules committee proposed giving replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and to call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field. The committee also agreed to allow conferences to experiment with NFL-style centralized video replay review systems in 2016.
There were 158 targeting penalties called in all FBS games last season. Forty-three were overturned by replay review and 115 were upheld.
All targeting fouls are reviewed, but replay officials have been limited to reviewing only if there was forcible contact to the head and neck area and if the hit was made with the crown of the helmet. Under this proposal, how the contact occurred, whether the player launched into an opponent or whether the contact was more incidental, also can be reviewed.
Replay officials also would be allowed to call targeting fouls missed on the field.
Race start site in flux
Another low snow year in Alaska has organizers worried about where to start the world's most famous sled dog race.
The Iditarod always begins with a ceremonial, fan-friendly slow jaunt along the streets and trails of Anchorage a day before the start of the competitive portion of the nearly 1,000-mile race. The ceremonial start is March 5.
A lack of snow last year north of Anchorage forced the start of the race to be moved to Fairbanks from its traditional starting point in Willow, about 75 miles north of Anchorage.
The conditions in Willow are much improved this year, but the problem is in Anchorage, where the snowfall in the city for the past two years has equaled only about two-thirds of a normal year.
"Our real challenge right now is trying to figure out whether we've got adequate snow to make Anchorage and the ceremonial start happen," Iditarod Chief Executive Officer Stan Hooley said.
AROUND THE HORN
WNBA: Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker is staying with the Los Angeles Sparks.
The team said it has re-signed Parker, who has played for the Sparks during her entire eight-year pro career.
NFL: The Raiders re-signed safety Nate Allen, two days after they released him.
Baseball: Mariano Rivera will be the next Yankee to be honored in Monument Park. The Yankees will dedicate a plaque for the all-time saves leader Aug. 14 before a game against the Rays. ... The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year.