Tour Report: Mickelson, Watson early leaders


The top golfers in the world have certainly come to play at the HSBC Champions.

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson opened with first-round, 6-under 66s on The Olazabal Course at Mission Hills to grab a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in China.

Mickelson, the 2007 and 2009 champion here, closed with an eagle 3 on the ninth hole to join Watson and Peter Hanson at the top while other golfers were still on the course.

Watson also had an eagle, carding a 3 on the 11th hole.