Wells Fargo Championship 2021 - Round One: Phil Mickelson leads by two


Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow, Charlotte, NC:  6-9 May 2021

Day One: Phil Mickelson leads by two, 7-under 64

From the Daily Wrap-up, by AP:

Phil Mickelson has gone nine months since he finished among the top 20, and it looks as though that streak is about to end at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. All but one of his eight birdies was longer than about 5 feet...  Read more

From The Straits Times:

The 50-year-old American notched eight birdies against only one bogey to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He ranks ninth all-time with 44 wins on the PGA Tour, one behind Walter Hagen (45) for eighth place, but does not have a top-20 finish this year or since turning 50 last June.

Starting on the back nine, he was even through four holes before a sizzling stretch of five birdies in a six-hole span paved the way for him to become the oldest player to lead or co-lead after any round in tournament history.  Read more

From Patrick McDonald, Yahoo!Sports:

Phil Mickelson will take a two-stroke lead into the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Yes, you read that correctly, the 50-year-old Champions Tour stalworth (according to Joel Dahmen) was near perfect on Thursday, converting 8 birdies to go along with a lone bogey. It was in the middle of his round that Mickelson was able to find a different gear...  Read more

From Daniel Rapaport, Golf Digest:

Phil Mickelson nearly jarred his approach on his 10th hole of the day, his wedge landing past a back-right pin and flirting with the hole before stopping five feet below it. The 50-year-old rattled the putt in dead center. He was, as the kids say, cooking.  Read more

From News.Observer, Carolina Panthers:

“Just focus. I’m just present on each shot,” Mickelson said when asked what improved this week. “This course holds my attention. I’ve been doing some mental exercises and so forth just to try to get my focus to elongate over five hours and so forth."   Read more

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