PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — It was a tough afternoon in a bureau for Phil Mickelson on Thursday. Usually that’d be deliberate a cliché, solely that Lefty showed adult for a opening turn of a Players Championship in a long-sleeved button-down shirt that would concede him to “move from a house room to a golf course,” as he pronounced in a news recover announcing his new partnership with Mizzen+Main, purveyors of excellent opening menswear.
If usually his transition to a opening turn during TPC Sawgrass went so smoothly. Mickelson shot seven-over 79 for his tip measure in a eventuality given 2000 when he available an 83 in a initial round.
A bigger regard than a controversial habit for Mickelson—who won progressing this year in Mexico and was entrance off a tie for fifth final week during Quail Hollow—was his appetite level, he said.
“I usually kind of ran out during a end,” he said. “I was endangered about this being an issue. we don’t know what else to say, usually a ability to concentration and have appetite during a finish of a day, and we sensed it Sunday during Wells Fargo. And, unfortunately, we attempted to do some things this week to equivalent it, though we usually wasn’t means to get it done.”
He wasn’t a usually one in a organisation to stumble. Rickie Fowler shot 74 and Tiger Woods 72 as a day’s supergroup, with 19 majors and 4 Players titles among them, couldn’t conduct to mangle standard on a day primary for scoring, with 68 of a 144 players in a margin in red by day’s end.
“I felt like currently a approach we was attack a golf ball, generally toward a behind nine, that we felt like we should have shot something in a 60s,” pronounced Woods, who salvaged a best measure of a trio interjection to an eagle on a par-5 ninth and birdies on 12 and 16. “We have to go out there and rip this place apart. We got to be assertive and go low. This golf march is personification a small bit on a easier side.”
Mickelson done it generally tough on himself.
After personification his initial 13 holes in even par, a 47-year-old’s day started to uncover commencement on a par-4 14th, where he scarcely pushed his tee shot into a H2O left, laid adult arrange of a green, afterwards took 4 some-more strokes to find a bottom of a cup.
One hole later, he again blocked his tee shot left and this time into a trees, heading to a bogey.
Things went from bad to worse on 16, where Mickelson’s second shot on a standard 5 came adult brief and in a water. He took a drop, strike his fourth over a immature and three-putted, with his seven-footer to save spook lipping out.
The final blow came on a island par-3 17th, with Mickelson attack into a H2O again and creation another double.
Fowler, who teed off usually in front of Mickelson on a hole, didn’t do any better, also attack his tee shot into a splash en track to a double of his own.
“It can be [contagious],” Fowler pronounced of a group’s struggles. “But no, it’s a lot some-more fun when we can get tothree guys banishment and kind of going, perplexing to tip any other and kind of pulling any other.
“I was looking brazen to [playing with them] and really suffer it. we feel like it helps move out a best in me, though usually didn’t get it going today.”