Deutsche Bank Championship: Phil Mickelson Torches TPC Boston in Morning Wave

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

NORTON, MA - AUGUST 30:  Phil Mickelson of the USA plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on August 30, 2013 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Phil Mickelson went out and torched TPC Boston this morning while playing alongside Tiger Woods and Adam Scott in what could be described as the PGA Tour’s premier pairing of the year.

Woods, Scott and Mickelson, who currently rank No. 1, 2 and 3 in the FedEx Cup point standings, began their day on the 10th hole at 8:40 a.m. ET. Mickelson proceeded to birdie seven out of his first nine holes to make the turn in 28 while whispers of 59 began circulating around TPC Boston.

Mickelson’s front-nine score of 28 included eight one-putts at a total distance of 89 feet, and he needed just 25 putts for his entire round.

Mickelson’s bogey at the par-four first (his 10th hole of the day) after pushing his approach shot into the green-side bunker quickly put a halt to any aspirations of posting a 59, although Mickelson did immediately get his round back on track with an eagle on the par-five second.

Another birdie on the eighth hole followed by a bogey at the ninth resulted in an eight-under-par round of 63.

The good news for Mickelson is that he posted his second-lowest round of the 2013 PGA Tour season. The bad news for Mickelson is that his round of 63 places him just one stroke ahead of Kevin Stadler and two strokes ahead of Hunter Mahan, who posted a bogey-free round of 65.

The winning score has been 20 under par or lower at three out of the last five Deutsche Bank Championships, so this four-day sprint to the finish line has only just begun.

Tiger Woods posted a solid opening-round score of 68, which was a good enough to place him in a tie for 20th when he walked off the course.

Scott, who won the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs last week at Liberty National Golf Club, struggled with his game throughout most of the morning, posting a two-over-par round of 73, which included three bogies and just one birdie.

The last time Woods, Scott and Mickelson were all paired together was during the first two rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which Woods would eventually go on to win in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

At the time, few would have believed that five years later Mickelson would have won two more majors, Scott would have won one, and Woods would be winless in his last 18 major championship appearances.