action:article | category:SPORTS05 | adString:SPORTS05 | zoneID:90

Home » Sports » Golf

August 30. 2013 8:27PM

Mickelson flirts with a 59, shares Deutsche Bank lead

NORTON, Mass. — Phil Mickelson fired a brilliant front-nine 28 on Friday en route to a share of the first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday.

Mickelson started early on the 10th tee and went a 7-under through his opening nine holes as he quickly showed how easy scoring could be on the soft greens at the TPC Boston. He closed with an 8-under par 63.

“I played really well, obviously putted really well,” said Mickelson, who admitted that at the turn he had considered his chances of shooting just the sixth 59 on the PGA Tour.

“The greens were perfect on my front nine and I saw the line and just rolled them in. It felt really good to putt like that.”

But with the shadows falling, England’s Brian Davis, bogey-free throughout his round, drained a curling 25-foot putt on his final hole to finish with two consecutive birdies and earn his place atop the overnight leaderboard.

British Open champion Mickelson’s hopes of a truly remarkable score were undone by bogeys on the first and last holes of his back nine, although an eagle at the par-5 second ensured he did not undo much of his outstanding start.

Mickelson, the world’s No. 3 golfer, was grouped with Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, ranked first and second in the world, respectively, and he set the perfect tone with a 19-foot putt for birdie on his opening hole.

The left-hander birdied every hole on the back nine except the par-4 12th and 13th, producing pin-point iron shots and composed putting.

Woods, the FedExCup points leader, mixed four birdies with a bogey for a 3-under 68 while Scott (73) had three bogeys and a lone birdie on an ideal morning for low scoring.

“It was a decent day, I didn’t hit the ball as well as I’d like to but I scored all right. Missed a few opportunities,” said Woods, who showed no indications of his recent back troubles. “The back was fine, all good.”


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Mo'ne Davis, and why no one should laugh at the idea of a woman in Major League Baseball

Curt Schilling says smokeless tobacco caused oral cancer

Bill Belichick: Eagles joint practices as productive as any

Big Knockout Boxing has grown from NH debut to Las Vegas attraction

Toronto Blue Jays Minor League System: Philosophy change?

Spring trial likely for former UNH women's hockey coach

Special golf cart helping Vietnam veteran play game he loves article

And so it begins: Equipment distribution starts a new era in Plymouth football

Tailgating changes for UNH football games

Report: Pirates' pitcher Jeff Locke cleared in gambling probe involving childhood friend from Conway

Tim OSullivan: Even with NFL success, NHs Kelly remembers his roots

Chip Kelly: 'Put some Galoshes on and go play'

Survey says Duke the most hated college hoops team in NH

Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, trying to make big time article

Gorham papermill owner Lynn Tilton is getting Yale tennis award

Ex-bank president co-authors racing book

New England Patriots are the most hated NFL team in the world

Travis Hughes: It's time to drastically overhaul minor league hockey in North America

Portsmouth native, 47, conquers 21-mile swim of the English Channel

Bennett to take control of the flags for Granite State Pro Stock Series

Air Force captain serving in NH honored before Red Sox-Yankees crowd at Fenway

Newmarket woman second to run solo across the U.S.

VIDEO: A car's-eye view of the demolition derby at Cheshire County Fair

With NASCAR's $8.2B TV deal, nobody wants to be at back of pack

Kelly tinkers with Philadelphia offense

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!