While several players were able to begin their weeks with low scores at the CIMB Classic, Phil Mickelson got off to a relatively slow start, carding a 1-under 71 to sit eight shots off the pace.
After the round, the five-time major champion was quick to place the blame on his own shoulders.
'I can't remember swinging this bad in a long time,' explained Mickelson, who finds himself tied for 21st among the 78-man field after one round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. 'When I shoot a video of my swing, I'm doing everything wrong.'
The 43-year-old was not without his successes in the opening round, carding five birdies across his first 12 holes. He also had a pair of double bogeys, though, at the second and ninth holes – blemishes which contributed to his outward nine of 1-over 37.
In post-round comments, Mickelson diagnosed several issues currently affecting his performance.
'The path of the club is too inside, and then it's vertical. The head's moving, my legs are loose. Divots are steep. It's terrible,' he added. 'It's the worst I've hit it. I can't find the middle of the club face.'
Following his 1-under 71, Mickelson trails Ryan Moore by eight shots, while he sits six behind friend and former Presidents Cup partner Keegan Bradley, who opened with a 7-under 65 Thursday in Malaysia. In total, 43 of the 78 players in the field were able to shoot even par or better during the opening round.