Percy, whose status on the PGA Tour is based on his standing between 126th and 150th on the FedEx Cup table in 2017, will gain only spasmodic starts on the PGA Tour, this being just his fourth start of the 2017/2018 season.
Percy is two shots behind the opening round leaders, Kevin Streelman and PGA Tour rookie Beau Hossler, and is one of only three players inside the top fifteen who played the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
The other two courses in the three venue rota, Pebble Beach Links and Spyglass Hill, appeared, on the surface at least, to play a little easier than Monterey Peninsula and so Percy has made an encouraging start.
Streelman has played well in each of the last two years at Pebble Beach and although seldom contending of late he hardly ever misses a cut these days and his consistency in that regard has been rewarded with a fine start this week.
Hossler graduated from the Web.Com Tour last year where he finished runner-up on two occasions, the outstanding former amateur now established in the professional ranks after attending the University of Texas.
Of the Australians aside from Percy, Jason Day began and finished his round of 3 under 69 with bogeys but did well enough in between at Spyglass Hill to be in a share of 32nd position, Rod Pampling is 53rd after his round of 69 at Monterey Peninsula, while Aaron Baddeley and Greg Chalmers opened with rounds of 71 at the same course to be 71st.
Stuart Appleby is 114th after his round of 73 as is Australian Open Champion Cameron Davis, Matt Jones is another shot back but for Adam Scott, playing his first event in more then two months, he opened with 77 to be 149th in the 156 player field.
Pre tournament favourite and Pebble Beach Links course specialist Dustin Johnson opened with a round of 5 under 67, while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are at 4 under and Jordan Spieth even par 72.
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