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.”
From T11 to T48.
Phil Mickelson has posted a 79 today including this triple bogey. pic.twitter.com/bcQvmRtVsJ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 6, 2018
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.