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Mickelson Leads Again After First Day of Northern Trust Open – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 17th, 2012 by Chalk

Mickelson Leads Again After First Day of Northern Trust Open
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Four days after carding a final-round 64 to win his first PGA Tour event in a nearly a year, Phil Mickelson chipped in for birdie on the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the first day of the Northern Trust Open. With a first-round 5-under 66, Mickelson ended the windy day atop the leaderboard, with fellow Americans Hunter Mahan and J.B. Holmes tied for second place.

Mickelson’s birdie on 18 came from 35 feet just before first round play was suspended for darkness, leaving some golfers to finish their first round on Friday. The last five times Phil has had a share of the first round lead at a PGA Tour event, he’s gone on to win.

“It was a challenging day today,” said Phil. “Fortunately, the greens were somewhat receptive …so even though the wind was challenging, it was still a fair test.”

The wind was a popular topic after the round. “It was really difficult,” said Holmes. “We got about four holes where the wind wasn’t blowing. It was whipping most of the day on us.

Jonathan Byrd and Sweden’s Carl Petterson are tied for fourth at 3-under, while World Number One Luke Donald is four shots off the lead at 1-under.

 
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