Phil Mickelson and Brian Davis each shot an 8-under 63 to earn a share of the lead going into today’s second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoff series.
Kevin Stadler is in second place at 7-under 64 at the TPC Boston golf course in Norton, Massachusetts, while Hunter Mahan, Sergio Garcia and Roberto Castro are tied for fourth at 6 under.
Mickelson shot 28 on his first nine, tying a personal career-low nine-hole score and the back nine scoring record at TPC Boston.
“It’s really fun. You actually feel like there’s less pressure,” Mickelson said. “I feel like I didn’t have to knock it stiff because I was making putts. I just had to get it on the green to give myself a chance and a lot of the ones went in.”
Mickelson parred five of his last nine holes to end his chance of shooting a 59.
“After I did not birdie four and missed the (putt) on three from about 15 to 18 feet, I stopped thinking 59 and was trying to get one or two more (birdies) coming in and shoot something in the low 60s,” the British Open champion said.
Mickelson played his first round with world No. 1 Tiger Woods, who ended the day at 3-under 68, and Masters champion Adam Scott, who carded a 2-over 73.
“What Phil did today was pretty impressive,” Woods said after his round.
Sixteen players, including PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, are tied at 5-under 66.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy is tied for 56th place after a 1-under 70.