You would think that Phil Mickelson would have been salivating when looking at the scoring conditions during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC. He may very well have been looking forward to the conditions but he certainly couldn’t manager to take advantage of the track. The leaders are currently sitting at eight under par after shooting 62 in the first round while Mickelson card a four over par 74.
His day wasn’t looking awful until he managed a triple bogey on the par-5 17th hole after hitting his tee shot into the water. In addition to the triple bogey, Mickelson carded five bogeys and just four birdies. “Well, I played the last two holes 4 over, which is not good,” Mickelson said. “… I felt like I was playing really well heading in here and I don’t play this course well. I don’t know what the reasoning is, it’s just giving me problems the last few years.”
Anyone who has watched Mickelson play is aware that he could very well come out tonight and shoot a 59 to manage some semblance of respectability this week. He could also fire an 80. You never really know what you’re going to get with “Lefty” – which is part of what makes him so fun to watch.
Some golfers had difficulty getting decent reads on the greens in the first round, and Mickelson was no exception. “They look so straight to me and they’re moving quite a bit,” he explained. “So I’m having a tough time adjusting to this golf course. It’s subtly challenging.” That’s a dead-on description of the par 70 course. It’s not a track that will make you shake in your boots on the first tee but it will give you fits once you get into your round.