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On a surprisingly good day, Hunter Mahan takes advantage at Pebble Beach

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    Hunter Mahan hits from the fairway on the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

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    Phil Mickelson walks on the third green of the Monterey Peninsula Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press)

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    Hunter Mahan chips the ball onto the 17th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

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    Andres Romero, of Argentina, hits out of a bunker up to the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst at Pebble Beach and instead was reminded how much he loves this place.

The rain stayed away Thursday and Mahan took advantage of gorgeous conditions for a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead to par with Russell Knox in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Knox, trying to make the most out of limited starts on the PGA Tour this year, had a 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula.

The best round might have belonged to Seung-yul Noh. He played at Spyglass Hill, typically the toughest of the three courses when conditions are benign.

The South Korean was 7 under through 16 holes until finishing with two bogeys. Even so, his 5-under 67 was the best score at Spyglass.