sport news – Mickelson happy with mind control during 66 in Memphis
(Reuters) – Phil Mickelson gave his focus a thumbs up after carding four-under-par 66 to path first-round chief Seamus Energy by one stroke on the FedEx St. Jude Basic in Tennessee on Thursday.
Every week earlier than attempting to finish the profession grand slam on the U.S. Open, Mickelson grew to become ragged off the tee late in his spherical however averted any harm at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
“I completed the spherical off, although I didn’t fairly have it there on the finish,” Mickelson instructed PGATour radio. “I had a pleasant easy spherical going after which I missed the final 4 fairways.
“I used to be capable of collect myself properly and management my ideas a little bit bit higher.”
Mickelson mentioned after a primary spherical 74 ultimately week’s Memorial that his focus had been missing however he subsequently gathered himself to tie for 13th.
By enjoying in Memphis, the 47-year-old is continuous his conventional build-up for the U.S. Open.
A six-times U.S. Open runner-up, he has had three possibilities since successful the 2013 British Open to change into the sixth participant to finish a profession grand slam, however he has not come shut.
He even skipped final 12 months’s occasion – received by Brooks Koepka at Erin Hills – to attend his daughter’s highschool commencement.
Koepka matched Mickelson’s 66 on Thursday, saved by a putter that was virtually as scorching because the Memphis climate.
“I didn’t play properly in any respect,” he mentioned. “We had been everywhere. I’m putter. I simply want to determine every little thing else.”
World quantity two Dustin Johnson additionally began properly with a 67 that included a chip-in birdie on the par-four 12th.
After his method shot led to a hazard however dry, Johnson eliminated his proper shoe and sock, took his stance within the mud and choked down on his wedge, earlier than knocking the ball into the outlet.
“I really didn’t hit it very properly and bought fortunate and it went within the gap,” he mentioned modestly.
Chief Energy, an Irishman who went to school in Tennessee, capped off his day by hitting his method shot to 5 toes for a birdie on the final.
Energy, 31, is in his second season on the PGA Tour.
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina, modifying by Larry King / Ian Ransom