How many of us would like to play 33 holes of golf on a Friday rather than being in the office? If you are reading this I would guess that you would say you would rather be out on the course to play 33 holes of golf. That sounds like a good way to spend a Friday. That is exactly what Phil Mickelson had to do at the Shell Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson went out early and played very well as he finished his first round at the Shell Houston open on Friday morning, March 30. Mickelson was 1-under through three holes before the rains came and play on the first day of action was suspended.
After having all night to think about it, Mickelson came out on fire. At one point Mickelson one-putted eight consecutive greens on his way to a 7-under par round of 65. Mickelson finished the first round tied for the lead with Angel Cabrera and Carl Pettersson, who both completed their play on Thursday, March 29. There was little turnaround time for Mickelson following his first round as he headed back out for what would have been his early tee time for round two. Unfortunately for Phil, he could not keep round one's momentum going throughout round two. He played 2-under par golf in the second round to finish at 9-under par for the tournament. Mickelson is currently tied for fourth, two shots behind the leaders, Brian Davis and Louis Oosthuizen, with the second round to be completed on Saturday, March 31.
All in all it was a long day of golf for Mickelson, but he has left himself in good position heading into the weekend. Mickelson has long proclaimed that he likes to play competitive rounds of golf the week before major championships. It appears that he will get his wish this week as Mickelson has definitely put himself in contention heading into the weekend at the Shell Houston Open. In a post round interview, Mickelson told reporters that he was in better shape than last year heading into the weekend and he ended up walking away with the title in 2011. We will have to watch and see if he can repeat last year's success.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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