NORTON, Mass. – For the second time this season, Phil Mickelson has flirted with golf’s magic number only to cool late in his push to 59. Lefty’s most recent brush with history came on Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship when he stormed out to a 7-under 28 in his first nine holes.
Mickelson promptly rebounded on the second hole following a bogey at the first – he began his round on the 10th hole – when he roped his second shot at the par 5 from 212 yards to within 2 feet of the hole for eagle.
But the southpaw managed just one more birdie the rest of the way and signed for a 63 and an early one-stroke lead at the event, which ends on Monday. The TPC Boston course record is 61.
Mickelson’s opening effort included one-putts at eight of his first nine holes and birdie putts from18 feet (No. 10), 27 feet (No. 11), 17 feet (No. 14), 11 feet (No. 17), 7 feet (No. 18) and 9 feet (No. 8).