Mickelson Leads After Rd 1 of Champions Tour Debut at Ozarks National Event
In his Champions Tour debut, Phil Mickelson shot a spectacular 10-under par 61 to grab the overnight lead after round one of the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National in Missouri.
Mickelson is one stroke ahead of David McKenzie and three shots ahead of Tim Petrovic, Rod Pampling and K.J. Choi heading into the second round Tuesday.
“I was a little nervous going in, but it was good to get off to a good start, especially when your in a three-round tournament, you don’t have that extra round. You have to come out and get off to a good start so that you are not playing catch up,” said Mickelson after his round.
Mickelson will tee off at 3:43 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday.
Playing with Retief Goosen and Steve Stricker, Mickelson opened his round with birdies on four of the first five holes to get to four-under on the day.
He then dropped a birdie putt on seven to get to five under, but gave one back on nine with a bogey on a par five.
Making the turn at four under, Mickelson birdied the par 5 11th hole before parring 12.
The 13th hole is where he took over, Mickelson dropped birdie putts at 13,14,15,16 and 17 to get to ten under for the day before saving par on 18 to shoot 29 on the back.
RI’ers in Field
While the focus is on Mickelson, there are several Rhode Islanders in the field.
Brett Quigley is three-under after the first round, while Billy Andrade is two-under.
Brad Faxon is on last place at six-over par.