Phil Mickelson may not be tied for the lead after the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship, but he’s in a fairly good position. Mickelson is only one shot off of the lead after carding a five under par 67 in his first round. He might not have racked up nine birdies like Tiger Woods, but Mickelson did not have a bogey on the day.
A bogey free first round is a good sign for “Lefty”. Over the course of the last 10 years, Mickelson has carded a bogey free opening round 14 times. He finished 11 of those events in the top 10 and won five, with his worst finish a respectable T15.
The highlight of Mickelson’s day was the 17th hole. He had a 47 yard approach shot that ended up coming to rest on the cart path. Instead of taking a drop, “Lefty” decided to play the ball from the path. Not surprisingly to anyone, Mickelson put the approach within 10 feet of the cup and sunk the birdie to move to five under par on the day.
Mickelson is playing his first two rounds with Bubba Watson and Steve Stricker. All three members of the group faired incredibly well in the first round, as Watson is tied for the lead and Stricker is tied with Mickelson just one shot off of the pace. This is Mickelson’s first event since the Northern Trust Open, so he should have plenty of gas left in the tank to make a run at the top spot on the leaderboard over the weekend.