Four years ago, Phil Mickelson shot a blistering 60 in the second round on his way to winning the FBR Open. On Thursday, Lefty shot a miserable 76 in the opening round of the same tournament. Unless he gets back to shooting something close to that 11-under from 2005, he's not even going to make the cut.
Mickelson has won twice at the TPC Scottsdale, but it looked like he's never played the course before. Mickelson had as many birdies as he did double bogeys (two) to fall 11 shots off the lead, shared by Lucas Glover and rookie James Nitties.
Two other San Diego natives fared much better. Poway H.S. alum Charley Hoffman is just one shot off the lead after a 5-under 66, and Torrey Pines H.S. alum Pat Perez is in the hunt at 2-under par. Perez got his first PGA Tour win last week at the Bob Hope Classic. Hoffman also got his only PGA win at the Bob Hope Classic, in 2007.