CHARLOTT, North Carolina, USA (AP) – Nine months have passed since Phil Mickelson last finished 20th. This streak appears to be nearing completion at the Wells Fargo Championship.
The 50-year-old golfer maintained his focus on Thursday in Quail Hollow and dominated the track to finish the match with 64 strokes, seven strikes below par.
Thus, he advanced with two shots in the first round. Seven of his eight finches came with nails over five feet.
Mickelson had five birds spans six pits in the last nine. It ended with two sparrows and saved equally in the ninth hole.
It was his best run since he hit 63 on day two of the Passenger Championships in June.
The left-hander missed the cut last week at the Valspar and admitted he was anxious after losing focus and losing shots for several periods in the tour. This wasn’t a problem in Quail Hollow, a course he loves for its mix of more intricate sparrows and holes.
“The most important thing to me is that I was able to stay in the present moment and focus on every shot,” Mickelson admitted. “My mind was wandering.”
KH Lee finished a score of 66 times in the morning, while Keegan Bradley, who was a runner-up at Innisbrook, got 66 again in the afternoon.
The group of 67 people included former US Open champion Gary Woodland, Tommy Fleetwood and Keith Mitchell.
Michelson attributed the fun to the group he played with, consisting of Joel Dahmad (68) and Lanto Griffin, who fought to finish the match with a score of 75 when he tried to secure his place in the US Open.
Twice Well Fargo champion Rory McIlroy is starting at 72. He is attempting to enter the weekend for the first time since Bay Hill two months ago.
US Open winner Bryson Deschamps smashed two of the last three holes to finish with a score of 70. Spaniard John Ramam incurred eight ghosts in his first tournament since the Masters tournament and scored 76 points.
The best places in Latin America were the Mexican Abraham Anser and Puerto Rico Rafael Campos, with two teams of 69 strikes, two below average.
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