Bettencourt (64) leads at Pebble Beach

PGA Tour winner Matt Bettencourt shot an 8-under 64 at Del Monte

on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach

Invitational, while Annika Sorenstam opened with a 69 at Del Monte

in a rare competitive start since her retirement in 2008.

Bettencourt, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner in July who finished

114th on the 2010 money list, had two eagles, five birdies and a

bogey in the Callaway Golf-sponsored tournament that features 76

male and female players.

”I started slow, but hit a great shot on No. 9 from about 250

yards to 12 feet and got the eagle,” said Bettencourt, who tied

for fourth in the tournament last year. ”I didn’t know I was in

the lead, but I knew 64 or 65 was out here. Del Monte on a day like

today is a pretty benign course.”

Bettencourt birdied three of the final four holes, but missed a

15-inch birdie putt on the 14th.

”I was good round, although I left some putts out there,” he

said.

LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel, PGA Tour veteran Bryce Molder

and New York club pro Heath Wassen opened with 66s, also at Del

Monte.

Five players, including Champions Tour player Tom Purtzer, shot

67s.

Ten of the top 11 opening-round scores were posted at Del Monte,

which is used in rotation with Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach for

the first three rounds. The final round will be played at Pebble

Beach.

Defending champion Mark Brooks, the only three-time Pebble Beach

Invitational winner, had a 77 at Del Monte. Juli Inkster, who in

1990 become only female player to win the event, shot a 2-under 70

at Pebble Beach.

The winner will receive $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.