Deutsche Bank Championship: Mickelson shoots opening round 63

Aug 25, 2013; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Phil Mickelson putts on the 18th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Beginning his round on the tenth hole, 2013 British Open champion Phil Mickelson tore up the back-nine at TPC Boston in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday, shooting a seven-under 28. For a moment it looked like Mickelson had a decent chance at breaking the course record (61) — and, more impressively, of becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to record a 59 in competitive play — but he had a few bogeys over his final nine holes and wound up with a pedestrian 63.

Mickelson was placed in a marquee group of the day, playing alongside Adam Scott and a hobbled Tiger Woods. Scott played the worst of the three group members, shooting a two-over 73 with only one birdie on the day. Woods, who is battling a bad back, fared a bit better, recording four birdies and a lone bogey to finish with a three-under 68. Woods, Mickelson, and Scott are currently the top three players in the FedEx Cup standings.

Stayed tuned to FanSided for updates, results, and reactions throughout the Deutsche Bank Championship.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: Deutsche Bank Championship, Phil Mickelson

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