Mickelson rallies after breaking club, shoots 70

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Perhaps using all 14 clubs is overrated.

Phil Mickelson didn't let the unexpected loss of one of his weapons slow him down Thursday at the Valero Texas Open, where Lefty opened with a 2-under 70 to take a spot on the early leaderboard at TPC San Antonio.

Playing in the afternoon wave, when gusty winds began to somewhat relent, Mickelson was even par on the day when his tee shot on the par-4 12th hole found a fairway bunker. His next shot barely got back to the fairway, as the shaft on Mickelson's 8-iron snapped upon impact, sending his clubhead into the face of the bunker.



The subsequent bogey dropped Mickelson to 1 over, but he bounced back with a birdie on No. 14 and added two more birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, hitting his wedge approach at the home hole within two feet. At 2 under, he sits in a tie for fourth, three shots behind Charley Hoffman entering the second round.

Mickelson remains in search of his first top-10 finish this season, with his best result in five prior starts coming at the Honda Classic, where he tied for 17th. He had only one top-10 finish last season, a runner-up result at the PGA Championship.

Mickelson is making his third start in San Antonio and just his second appearance since 1992. He withdrew during the third round last year because of a pulled rib muscle.