PGA Tour Champions: Phil Mickelson Shares Early As Padraig Harrington Battles In His 50+ Debut | Golf news

Mickelson and Matt Gogel finish the first round of 66 to lead the 54-hole event in Jacksonville, Florida; Ryder Cup captain Harrington trailing eight after scoring his first PGA Tour Champions outing with a 74

Last update: 09/10/21 7:42 am


Phil Mickelson shot a six under 66 at Timuquana Country Club

Phil Mickelson took some of the early leadership in the Constellation Furyk & Friends, while Padraig Harrington wrestled in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions.

Mickelson mixed seven birdies with a lone bogey on his way to a six-under 66 at Timuquana Country Club, leaving the reigning PGA Champion tied alongside Matt Gogel at the top of the standings.

The 51-year-old birdied three of his first four holes and added consecutive gains from the seventh, with Mickelson taking advantage of the par-five 13-15 before dropping a shot on the final par four.

“I like the fact that it’s 54 holes,” Mickelson said. “It’s not as mentally and physically exhausting as the regular tour and you don’t have to be as perfect as on the PGA Tour because the penalty for [a] the lady is much older there. “

Cameron Beckman and Frank Lickliter II share third place after the first round of 67, while Bernhard Langer, Darren Clarke and Ryder Cup vice captain Robert Karlsson are in the group two strokes away.

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Tournament host Jim Furyk is three behind alongside Ernie Els and England’s Paul Broadhurst as United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker birdied two of his last four holes to save a low one. 71.

Tom Lehman hit a hole-in-one at par three 17 to join Fred Couples and John Daly on the same level, while European Ryder Cup captain Harrington makes his first outing on the 50+ circuit , is eight behind and tied. 58 in the 81-man field after a 74 of two over.

Harrington birdied his first hole, but then double-boged at par four after a misguided second shot from a fairway bunker, and the Irishman canceled a birdie on the eighth with dropped shots on 12 and 15.

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