2014 Masters: Phil Mickelson Struggles With A First-Round 76
A four-time Masters champion, Phil Mickelson started the day well with six straight pars to open his round, though he did not fare so well after the seventh hole. Mickelson would suffer two major setbacks in his opening round with a triple-bogey on the seventh hole and a double-bogey on the 15th hole. Even though he was able to finish strong with three straight pars to close out his round, Lefty would finish with a 4 over 76, which matches his highest opening round ever at Augusta.
Mickelson’s tee shot on the seventh was just off the fairway onto the edge of the rough, but overall was not a bad shot. The same would hold true for his approach shot as he would send it just a bit long and onto the first cut off the back edge of the green. It was his third shot that would doom him on the hole as he chipped long and ran the ball well off the opposite edge of the green. After chipping back onto the green, Mickelson would 3-putt to finish the hole out. The disappointment was obvious on his face as he headed to the eighth hole.
Mickelson may have been able to overcome the dreaded triple-bogey if it wasn’t for his equally disappointing 15th hole, where he would put up his second 7 of the day, though this time on a par 5. The two holes combined would put him five strokes over for the day. Though he was able to right the ship a bit and finish at 4 over for the day, Lefty will need to play some of the best golf of his career to chase down the leaders after this round.