Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Mickelson hits every fairway for first time in two decades

Mickelson hits every fairway for first time in two decades

Phil Mickelson hit all 13 fairways for the first time since 1998 as the five-time major champion dazzled in Pebble Beach on Thursday.

"If I think about it that way it it certainly makes me happier, frees me up a bit".

Mickelson is in a six-way tie for third place following his memorable 65, which saw the American star hit every single fairway for the first time since 1998.

"I have the honour to play all three courses here and, just because of such attractive scenery, I couldn't even focus on where my ball was going".

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Mickelson opened with a six-under 65 on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three layouts in operation for the star-studded event this week, leaving the left-hander just one off the lead along with his fellow runner-up from past year, Jason Day. "This was a day that we had great weather, the courses were very scorable, you need to take advantage".

Also in the field this time are Jason Day of Australia, Tommy Fleetwood of England, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Adam Scott of Australia, Patrick Reed, long-hitting rookie Cameron Champ, Martin Laird of Scotland, Stewart Cink and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, who stepped up and won the U.S. Open when Johnson faltered in 2010.

Dustin Johnson, not so fresh after his victory Sunday halfway around the world at the Saudi International, and Jordan Spieth each had a five-under 66 at Monterey. Since then, he has won an eye-popping 63 more times.

Langley, who is yet to claim a win on the Tour, reeled off nine birdies and two bogeys on the Monterey course on his way to a share of the lead. And I could have really poor years the rest of my career and still have a pretty fantastic career. Romo was on the range at Pebble Beach with a Nike Method 001 putter from Tiger Woods and a 60-degree Titleist Vokey SM7 lob wedge from Jordan Spieth.

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