Unsurprisingly, no players in the afternoon wave during Thursday's first round at the Phoenix Open were able to chase down Phil Mickelson, who set the pace early with a round of 60. At 11-under, Mickelson holds a 4-shot lead over a group of five players, including Brandt Snedeker and Padraig Harrington.
Mickelson was the story on Thursday, as he went out in 29 and birdied 10 of his first 13 holes to put the golf world on "59 watch." It looked like a near certainty that he would break 60, and maybe record the PGA Tour's first ever 58. But four pars on his final five holes, including a cruel lip-out on the last, resulted in an 11-under round of 60. With low numbers available to all, he certainly hasn't run away with anything yet but it's obviously a dominant start for the biggest name in the field, who seems exceedingly comfortable with his new Callaway driver.
Snedeker has probably played the best golf through the first month of the season, constantly placing himself on the first page of the leaderboard. He came in second last week, albeit at a distance behind Tiger Woods, but he's once again put himself in a prime spot heading into the second round. Bill Haas and Nick Watney are two other top young Americans inside the top 10, chasing Mickelson.
The first round did not finish on Thursday, with play being called due to darkness shorty after 7 p.m. ET. There was a one-hour frost delay on Thursday morning but the PGA Tour will try to send groups off at 7:30 a.m. local time tomorrow to try and finish up the first round.
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