Golf roundup: Mickelson shares Pebble Beach lead

first_imgPhil Mickelson finally showed signs of turning the corner Thursday. Nowhere near the leaderboard since his collapse at the U.S. Open last summer, Mickelson hit a 4-iron from 230 yards into 18 feet for eagle on his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 7-under 65 to share the lead with rookie John Mallinger and Nick Watney at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He spent the past five days working on the short stick, and it paid off Thursday. “You’re not going to make them all,” Mickelson said. “But I started every putt on line with the right speed.” No International: The International is no longer on the PGA Tour schedule because Tiger Woods and key corporate sponsors stayed away from the majestic mountain course at the foothills of the Rockies in Denver. The cancellation leaves a hole in the PGA Tour schedule on July 5-8, but tour officials have been working on a contingency plan the last month and are expected to announce a replacement by April. The leading candidate is Washington, the largest U.S. market without a PGA Tour event. Also: England’s Robert Rock shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. … South Korean Ahn Sun-ju shot an 8-under 64 that included 10 birdies to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, Australia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I didn’t think it would take three tournaments to get to where I wanted to be,” said Mickelson, playing for the fourth straight week. “But each tournament, I saw progress.” Mickelson had not played since going 0-4-1 at the Ryder Cup, taking a three-month break and approaching this year feeling fresh. Instead, he looked rusty at the Bob Hope Classic and Buick Invitational, where he finished in the middle of the pack, and at the FBR Open last week outside Phoenix, where he missed the cut. last_img

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