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Mickeslon Drops 7 Shots In Final Five-Hole Horror Show

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson, playing alongside Woods and Rickie Fowler, ended his first round at The Players Championship in shocking style.

The 47-year-old was even par after back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th, but proceeded to post a horror run from the 14th of a double-bogey, bogey and two further double-bogeys, including finding the water at 17, in an eventual seven-over par 79.

It was Mickelson’s highest score since a similar first round 79 en route to missing the cut in last August’s PGA Championship.

Mickelson blamed fatigue after the strain of fighting his way to a share of fifth in last week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

“I knew this was going to be an issue,” he said. “I said it Sunday at Wells Fargo, I was worried about energy this week, and I just kind of ran out at the end.”

Tiger Woods’s return to TPC Sawgrass included a 20-foot eagle at the par-five ninth. But he undid a solid display in finding the water off the tee at the last on route to closing bogey and a level par 72.

“I felt like today the way I was hitting the golf ball, especially toward the back nine, that I felt like I should have shot something in the 60s, but didn’t do it,” Woods said.

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