Phil Mickelson finished his Masters stroke with 70

Phil Mickelson took two bad blotches with him to the 1st tee earlier on Thursday.

He blocked off one, and might be on his way to finishing the 2nd. Phil, highlighted by an 278-yard three-wood which fixed a tap-in eagle at the par-five 8th hole, opened the seventy ninth Masters with a two-under-par seventy. Dating to the 1st round of the Masters 2013, Mickelson’s last 5 rounds at Augusta National, till Thursday, had all been over par. He escaped the cut here previous year, for just the 2nd time.

Phil, who required thirty three putts, told that he hit the ball very well that day. He really did not got anything going on the greens. It was a good way to start the event. He feels great with the way the game is, and if he could, over the course of the next 3 days, get hot with the putter a time or two, he would probably be able to make a run.

High finishes and runs have been missing from Phil’s game for some time. Since winning the Open Championship in 2013, he has no titles. Worse – he has earned just a top-Ten finish in his last thirtyone PGA Tour beginnings, a streak which started with a tie for forty first at the Deutsche Bank Championship 2013 at TPC Boston. The only top-Ten since then was a runner-up at previous year’s PGA Championship.

His seventy left Phil tied for twelfth after the 1st day, 6 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. But the 3-time Masters champ appeared very encouraged. Phil said that if he carry on to hit the ball like this he would have a number of scopes. Eventually you have to get hot on the greens.

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