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U.S. trio lead PGA Colonial

U.S. trio lead PGA Colonial

Americans Blake Adams, Jason Bohn and Jeff Overton all fired seven-under 63 in the first round of the US$6.2 million PGA Colonial on Thursday.
Former champion Phil Mickelson, who needs a win this week to surpass Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, struggled to a one-over 71 and was tied for 89th place.
Mickelson, the 2008 champion here, got off to a quick start with birdies on his opening two holes, but couldn't keep it up.
A Mickelson win would give him his third career Colonial triumph and the top ranking for the first time in his career. But he has a lot of work to do after his disappointing round.
"There's no excuse. There's no wind, the golf course is in perfect shape, and there were a lot of scores out there," Mickelson said. "I just wasn't one of them."
Mickelson did not play in this event in 2009 because his wife Amy had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
England's Brian Davis was alone in fourth with a six-under 64 while defending champ Steve Stricker fired a 68.
There was a group of nine players at 65, including Aussies Nathan Green and Aron Price. They are one shot better than John Daly, who had his first bogey-free round in two years.


Updated : 2021-05-12 18:36 GMT+08:00