Thursday, June 17, 2010
Phil Mickelson is off to his worst start at the U.S. Open in 13 years.
Mickelson failed to make a single birdie at Pebble Beach on Thursday and twice had to take drops after hitting toward or in the Pacific Ocean. When his last chance turned away at the cup, he had a 4-over 75 and was at least five shots out of the lead.
It was his highest opening round since a 75 at Congressional in the 1997 U.S. Open.
Mickelson holds the U.S. Open record with five second-place finishes, including last year at Bethpage Black. It was the first round in three years without a birdie. Mickelson said his putting was "horrific."