Phil Mickelson kept hearing words of congratulations as he made his way around the Colonial, and there was a huge roar from the crowd as the PGA Championship winner made a long shot to end his tour. Jordan Spieth kept making birds in the same group.
Spieth fired 7-under 63 on a refreshing Thursday and tied as the first round progressed in Charles Schwab’s challenge with Sergio Garcia, who had a 15-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole circling the rim of the cup but didn’t. I do not go. Both former Colonial champions fought stealth-free rounds.
The 50-year-old Mickelson, just four days after becoming the biggest winner in major golf, had a ten-back hit after 73 that ended with a 22-foot birdie while playing local favorite Spieth and defending Colonial Champion Daniel Berger (68). )) ).
Mickelson said, “Yeah, I didn’t play well. But I won the PGA, And therefore.”
Garcia tied the close 63 he got at Colonial when he took his first 11 PGA Tour win 20 years ago at the age of 21. He was 5 on a four-hole stretch in the middle of the round. He flew holes number 8-10 in front of Eagle at 620 yards 11th, as he blasted off a green bunker on the longest hole on the field.
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“It was very breezy. “It was windy, so it wasn’t easy to pull some clubs,” Garcia said. “There were some tough holes in there, but I was able to take really good hits in those holes, and a couple of — touchdowns when I needed to.”
Immediately after Mickelson’s final 387-yard throw, Spieth had a third straight jumper, and seventh overall—and right after a 71-foot-ragged shot in eighth par 3. The 2016 winner and two-time runner-up had his best result in 33 rounds. Professional in Colonial, one of two local events for the Dallas native, after rolling in a 12-foot jumper to start the day.
“It’s hard to go down any further,” said Speth. “That’s what I talked about before the tournament. If I can get a couple to get involved early in the first round, the confidence, and the two-stroke work I’ve been doing in the last few days… I thought it would spark a little bit of confidence in the rest of the round on Greens where I was very successful before.”
Eric Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient who entered the field with exemption from sponsor, and Jason Kokrac had a 65-year-old. The 41-year-old Compton played stealth-free after the bird in the first two holes of his second PGA Tour this year. Missed the cut in the Honda Classic.
Mickelson, the 2000 and 2008 Colonial champion, missed nine of 14 passes — some with irons off the tee — in a raucous early start run that followed an emotionally draining few days.
After winning Sunday at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Mickelson went home that night to California, then allowed himself a few days to enjoy his historic achievement. Lefty said he never considered skipping Hogan Alley, a tree-lined path that he considers well-suited to his game because he doesn’t have to keep hitting drivers.
But the crude is thick after a recent heavy rain, and there is a good chance of more Friday.
Mickelson, who had his last run before the US Open in his hometown of Torrey Pines next month, went on his first game of the day. While keeping on par at 407 10 yards, he quickly got his first of five bogeys at No. 11, hitting two bullets in the rough bottom and one in the green bunker. He finally made a birdie at Level 3 16 inside from 5 feet, then immediately brought that hit back to 17 with the first two shots in the rough before shooting 44 feet into the bunker.
“It was like I was trying too little, and I just wasn’t calm and letting it happen, and I was a little nervous,” Mickelson said, adding the term uneasy. “Like I couldn’t quite calm down in the same frame of mind.”
Mickelson said the course was very playable, even with 15-20 mph winds, due to the receiving greens. But he couldn’t keep the ball on the right track.
“You can’t play that track out in the open because you have a problem with the tree, which I’ve been through over and over, and I didn’t put it down very well,” he said. “But I won a PGA, so I’ll see if I can get it tomorrow and get a little bit better focus, a little bit better energy.”