While we shouldn’t expect anything different, Phil Mickelson had a roller coaster round at the Zozo Championship on Thursday.
During his long and successful career on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson has long been known for his up and down rounds of golf. Thursday at the Zozo Championship was another one of those days.
Mickelson’s day started OK on Thursday, as he parred the first hole. But on number two, he got into trouble. His tee shot went into the rough. His second shot advanced just 89 yards. Then his third landed in the water.
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After a penalty, Lefty was able to get up-and-down, but he suffered his first bogey of the day. It would not be the last.
Mickelson was able to get up-and-down from a bunker on the par-3 third hole. But on the fourth hole, he ran into even more trouble.
His tee shot on that hole landed in the fairway, but his second shot left him in the rough. His third shot was a bad chip that left him short of the green. He got on the green with his fourth, but needed to putts to close the hole. That was a double-bogey six for Mickelson, who was 3-over par at the time.
He had a look at birdie on the par-5 fifth hole, but missed from eight feet, settling for par. Then on six, he hit his drive into the native area, then to the rough. He got on the green in four and made his putt for a bogey. Mickelson was 4-over through six holes at that point.
Mickelson would routinely par the seventh and eighth holes before a birdie on the ninth hole. That left him with a 3-over par 39 on his front nine.
The back nine was another story.
Mickelson would bogey the 10th hole to slip to 4-over par on his round. But he bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 11th hole.
After a par on the 12th hole, Mickelson birdied the par-5 13th hole to get back to 2-over par. He would then par the 14th and 15th holes to stay at that number.
Taking advantage of another par five, Mickelson birdied the 16th hole to get back to 1-over. He would par the 17th before closing with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish with an even par round of 72.
That’s a round with nine pars, five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. In other words, typical Mickelson. And we should not expect anything less the rest of the week.