Couples Mickelson In Action at Par-3 Event

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GAYLORD, Mich. -- Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples each won $30,000 for being closest to the pin three times, but no hole money was earned in the first round of the Par 3 Shootout skins event on Monday.
 
All the hole skins money - $20,000 each hole for $180,000 total - carries over to the final nine holes Tuesday at Treetops Resort, making the 10th hole of the event worth $200,000.
 
'Whoever does win the next hole will probably be the champion,' Couples said. 'I hope I figure it out, and it's me.'
 
Only closest-to-the-pin money was made Monday. Lee Trevino won $20,000 for doing it twice and Fuzzy Zoeller took $10,000 for the closest shot of the day - 3 feet, 5 inches - on No. 6.
 
Three consecutive times holes were won with birdies by Trevino on No. 5 - Zoeller on No. 6 and Mickelson on No. 7 - but all failed to validate on the next hole.
 
The validation format calls for a player who wins a hole to then win or tie on the next hole before claiming the hole money. All three failed to do so, and the money continued to carry over.
 
The six other holes were carried over because of ties of pars, except for No. 2, which was carried over by birdies by Couples and Mickelson.
 
'The wind was very difficult,' Mickelson said about a 9-iron shot he flew over the green at No. 6 where he was attempting to validate and instead made bogey-4.
 
'We could feel the wind swirl right around at our back, and we had two other shots later that got hammered by the wind straight into us,' he said. 'It wasn't easy to get the ball close to the pins, especially with the wind and the undulations in the greens.'
 
Trevino, whose hole-in-one on No. 7 in 2001 won $1 million and is marked by a bronze plaque on the tee, said the greens were a little slower than in the past.
 
'We're not getting the same roll, and we'll adjust to that,' he said.
 
Zoeller was the low money player, but did thrill the crowd with a chip-in on No. 3 for par, and took the time to share beer with fans and chatter through the round.
 
'We're going to try and win that big money,' he said. 'I want to make a hole-in-one. I want a plaque like Lee.'
 
FIRST-DAY TOTALS
 
Phil Mickelson - $30,000 (0 Skins)
Fred Couples - $30,000 (0 Skins)
Lee Trevino - $20,000 (0 Skins)
Fuzzy Zoeller - $10,000 (0 Skins)
 
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