Mickelson cards not so magnificent seven


The PGA Tour often tweets that 'golf is hard' and Phil Mickelson certainly made the first hole at Baltusrol look incredibly difficult on Friday.

Fresh from a dazzling performance in The Open at Royal Troon, where he finished second to an inspired Henrik Stenson, Mickelson had been tipped to challenge at this week's US PGA Championship.

Yet after rescuing a one-over 71 from an opening round that began with four bogeys in 11 holes, the five-time major winner began his second 18 with a woeful seven.

Mickelson pushed his first tee shot way right and out of bounds before finding a path with his provisional.

The pain was not over there as the left-hander's fourth shot missed the green by some margin, leading to a painful triple-bogey.

Phil being Phil, there was a birdie to follow on the third. But many more were needed if Mickelson was to get back into contention.