2011 Masters Coverage Day 1: Mickelson Starts His Day
In the second to last group of the day, Phil Mickelson has finally started his first round. Kind of discouraging to be seven shots behind the club house leader before you even tee it up, but that is where Phil finds himself after Rory McIlroy's stirring -7 opening round.
Mickelson was looking forward to playing late on day one, however the optimal conditions for the opening round may have been early, when most of the good scores seem to have been posted.
Although it is warm in Augusta on Thursday, it isn't too hot where the greens would firm up considerably and scores would go way up. The late start shouldn't hurt Phil too much, although it probably isn't going to help him as much as he had hoped.
Mickelson is the defending champion and has won the title three times now. He is the odds-on favorite to repeat and grab green jacket No. 4.
Mickelson stands even par through his first two holes.
McIlroy leads at -7 and Retief Goosen in second at -5. Both are in the clubhouse. A handful of golfers sit at -3.
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