Phil Mickelson won the Deutsche Bank Championship the first year the PGA Tour tapped it as one of the FedEx Cup events, but familiarity with TPC Boston did not help the 2007 victor get out of the weeds early into his opening round of this year’s edition.
A switch-hitting short-game wizard, Mickelson found himself in a pickle on Friday from which even his typically trusty wedge could not extricate him. Cruising along at even-par through his first five holes, Mickelson saw his day go south when his approach from 144 yards out on the par-4 sixth sailed far left into a deep, rocky, and marshy hazard.
Rather than take a drop, Phil tried twice to knock it back into play, to no avail. After surrendering to nature, Mickelson took the drop and penalty stroke — one of eight he made on the hole.
Watch Phil’s misery if you must, but viewer discretion advised:
Mickelson ended on a high note, with a birdie on No. 18 for a first-round 4-over 75, but he’ll start the weekend tied for 93rd place and just three strokes out of the basement currently occupied by Patton Kizzire. Lefty's 10 shots back of 18-hole co-leaders James Hahn and Ryan Moore.
And Rory McIlroy thought he made a mess of things on the par-4 12th, which he did. A tee shot into the "native area" led to some nastiness, a drop and penalty shot, and a triple-bogey 7 for the 2012 DBC winner, who three-putted his second hole (the par-3 11th) of the day.
So the woes with the flat stick continued for McIlroy, who put up nothing but pars and birdies (four) after that. After carding an opening 71, the four-time major champion will start his second round in a tie with Bubba Watson and 13 others in 67th place.
Ah, Bubba. He did have some highlights, with an eagle on the par-5 second and back-to-back birdies to end his day. But four bogeys balanced out the good stuff.
Not to worry for Watson’s caddie, though. He loves his job.
Here’s a complete list of tee times for Round 2 of the Deutsche Bank Championship (all times ET):
8:15 a.m. (No. 10) — Brian Harman, Ricky Barnes, Johnson Wagner
8:15 a.m. (1) — Roberto Castro, Colt Knost, Brian Stuard
8:27 a.m. (10) — Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Ben Martin
8:27 a.m. (1) — James Hahn, Aaron Baddeley, Kevin Streelman
8:39 a.m. (10) — Jamie Lovemark, Harris English, J.B. Holmes
8:39 a.m. (1) — Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Jim Herman
8:51 a.m. (10) — Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt
8:51 a.m. (1) — Smylie Kaufman, Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas
9:03 a.m (10) — Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Kisner
9:03 a.m. (1) — Sergio Garcia, Jhonattan Vegas, Daniel Berger
9:15 a.m. (10) — Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Emiliano Grillo
9:15 a.m. (1) — Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland
9:27 a.m. (10) — Patrick Rodgers, Billy Hurley III, Russell Henley
9:27 a.m. (1) — Vaughn Taylor, John Senden, Freddie Jacobson
9:39 a.m. (10) — David Hearn, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Bryce Molder
9:39 a.m. (1) — Jason Bohn, John Huh, Adam Hadwin
9:51 a.m. (10) — Scott Brown, Derek Fathauer, Chad Campbell
12:40 p.m. (10) — Jerry Kelly, Kyle Reifers, Martin Laird
12:40 p.m. (1) — Chez Reavie, Marc Leishman, Patton Kizzire
12:52 p.m. (10) — David Lingmerth, Paul Casey, Jon Curran
12:52 p.m. (1) — Ryan Palmer, Charles Howell III, Billy Horschel
1:04 p.m. (10) — Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose
1:04 p.m. (1) — Brendan Steele, Daniel Summerhay, Fabian Gomez
1:16 p.m. (10) — Scott Piercy, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace
1:16 p.m. (1) — Kevin Chappell, Sean O'Hair
1:28 p.m. (10) — Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Charley Hoffman
1:28 p.m. (1) — Russell Knox, Justin Thomas, Brandt Snedeker
1:40 p.m. (10) — Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Henrik Stenson
1:40 p.m. (1) — Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson
1:52 p.m. (10) — Hudson Swafford, K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk
1:52 p.m. (1) — Webb Simpson, Chris Kirk
2:04 p.m. (10) — Danny Lee, Harold Varner III, Sung Kang
2:04 p.m. (1) — Vijay Singh, Spencer Levin, Steve Stricker