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Mickelson Rallies to Shoot 69 in Phoenix Open

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 02:02 Friday, 30 January 2015 01:56

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (John Nicholson/AP) — Phil Mickelson played the final 11 holes in 5 under to salvage a 2-under 69 in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

The three-time champion bogeyed his first hole — the par-4 10th — after driving left into a hospitality tent. He had a double bogey on the par-5 15th, driving left into the water and hitting his approach in the water in front of the green.

“I came out and I just made a bunch of dumb mistakes and I’m 3 over,” Mickelson said. “I made a birdie on 17 and followed with one on 18, and that really turned the round back around. I ended up playing the front nine really solid with 3 under and hit a lot of good shots on some holes I made pars, as well, and feel much better.”

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Woods Stumbles with Chipping In Return to Golf

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 01:56 Friday, 30 January 2015 01:45

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

They didn’t see much of a game — at least not from Woods.

In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years — and only his second tournament in six months — Woods couldn’t hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.

It was the first time in his career that Woods shot over par in his first round of the year. And he already was nine shots behind Ryan Palmer, who opened with a 7-under 64 to build a one-shot lead when play was suspended by darkness.

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McIlroy Two Back at Dubai Desert Classic

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 01:45 Friday, 30 January 2015 01:22

altCanadian Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger made seven birdies on his last 10 holes to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 29-year-old Austrian took full advantage of the good playing conditions at the Emirates Golf Club to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 64. He made five straight birdies from the 13th hole before finishing with a par.

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Jang Goes from Qualifier to Leader at LPGA Season Opener

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 01:11 Friday, 30 January 2015 00:46

Ha Na JangCanadian Press

OCALA, Florida (Mark Long/AP) — Ha Na Jang went from qualifier to leader in just a few days at the LPGA season opener.

And it surprised no one.

The 22-year-old South Korean, ranked 21st in the world, shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship on Thursday and opened up a four-shot lead over Stacy Lewis heading into the third round.

Jang has full status on the LPGA Tour. But because the opener isn’t a full-field event, she had to qualify last Saturday. Her extra time at Golden Golf & Ocala Equestrian Club certainly paid dividends. She made one bogey in two rounds, and responded to that miscue with birdies on two of the next three holes.

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Woods Returns to Phoenix with Plenty of Memories

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 01:02 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:56

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods returned to the Phoenix Open and received cheers, boos and gasps.

All on one hole.

There is rarely a dull moment with golf’s biggest star, especially at the PGA Tour’s rowdiest venue. Even though Woods has played at TPC Scottsdale only three times, what defines his experience at the Phoenix Open is not a trophy, rather it’s some beer, a boulder, an orange and a gun.

So a typical pro-am Wednesday was anything but that — especially at the par-3 16th hole.

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