Mickelson shoots to top at Shell Houston Open

Phil Mickeslon completed four holes on Thursday before the horns blasted to suspend play due to inclement weather at the Shell Houston Open.

At that point, the defending champion had birdied two of those holes.

As the first round began again today on Friday at Redstone. It seemed Mickelson had no issues with the overnight delay, and picked up right where he left off.

Beginning his round, well picking up his round from Thursday. Lefty carded a par on the par-four, fifth. He would then birdie three of his next four holes to make the turn at five-under, 31.

Mickelson began his back nine with pars on No. 10 and 11 before birdying the par-four, 12th to get to six-under, and one stroke behind the leaders.

His only blemish of the day would come on the very next hole. The par-five, 13th. He hit hit second shot into a hazard and encored a penalty stroke. He would end up with a bogey, six.

That bogey would drop him two strokes back of the leaders.

A routine par on No. 14, Mickelson would head to No. 15 needing some circles on his card to catch the leaders at seven-under.

On the par-five, 15th. Mickelson would go for the green in two, ending up 84 yards from the green in a fairway bunker.

A very nice out would leave him some 20-feet to the right of the hole.

A tricky up and over a hump putt, sliding left to right tracked right at the hole running out of steam.

It took all the revolutions in that putt to fall int he hole for a birdie, four. Moving Mickelson back to six-under par. And one off the leaders.

On the par-three, 16th. His tee shot flew right over the flag stick and ended up being long. Off the back left edge of the green, some 10 yards or so.

With a crowded grandstand looking on Mickelson would whip out his wedge, jarring his chip shot for a two. Vaulting him into a tie for the lead at seven-under.

A near par on No. 17 sent the now co-leader to No. 18, with a shot to take the out right lead of round one.

Mickelson would go on to make par on the finishing hole to end his first round. The first 18 of his day, in a tie for the lead at seven-under with Carl Pettersson and Angel Cabrrera.

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