• Greenbrier Classic, Round One

Mickelson fails to impress at Greenbrier

ESPN staff
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Phil Mickelson failed to impress in the opening round © Getty Images
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Phil Mickelson endured a tough start to the Greenbrier Classic after the American scored a four-over par 74 - trailing leaders Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner by 12 shots.

The 43-year-old, who suffered heartache at the US Open after finishing runner-up for the sixth time when losing to Justin Rose, struggled with his putting early on, but despite a few birdies failed to impress on a day where fellow Americans Gainey and Wagner fired eight-under 62s to lead the standings.

Mickelson missed an opportunity to make birdie on his first hole - failing to find the target from seven feet after a solid 159-yard approach.

The American was then unable to get up and down on the par-four second to drop his first shot of the day.

Two more bogeys arrived on the sixth and eight, but they were followed by birdies on the seventh and par-four ninth - where he stroked in from 15 feet.

Mickelson then kicked off the back nine with a 16-foot birdie, but a fourth bogey of the round saw the four-time major winner fall down the leaderboard.

He then recovered with a birdie on the 12th and made four straight pars, but he found the water from his tee-off on the 17th to register a triple bogey, and finished off his round with another bogey.

Bill Haas, who triumphed at the AT&T National at Congressional last Sunday, scored a round of 68 and is two-under.

Elsewhere, Jin Park and Webb Simpson are two shots off the lead and six-under, while Brian Davis is the best-placed Englishmen on three-under ahead of Greg Owen and Gary Christian.

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