11 Apr '14, 3am

Mickelson optimistic despite worst Augusta start

Mickelson optimistic despite worst Augusta start

Normally when Phil Mickelson says he hit it well after carding a 76, it’s a dubious claim. In his opening round at Augusta National, it was absolute fact. The three-time Masters champ hit 12 greens and nine fairways en route to a four-over round, good enough for 67th place after opening day at Augusta. Those weren’t mind-blowing stats, but they weren’t stats fit for a 76, either. The few misses with his often-erratic driver were mere steps off the fairway instead of giant leaps into the pine straw. PHOTOS: Best shots of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson from the opening round of the Masters at Augusta National “There were possibilities,” Mickelson said. “I know it’s hard to say that, but I played well. I didn’t hit anything unsolid; I hit it solid. I just threw away several shots out there.” He filled up the garbage bag at No. 7. The 450-yard par-4 plays fairly t...

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