While Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott picked up first-round, 7-under-par 65s, it was the play of Phil Mickelson that captured the most attention on Thursday at the HSBC Champions in China, as the southpaw was a fairway machine en route to a 6-under 66.
Here are Five Things to take away from the first round of the WGC event:
1. Great start for Lefty
Earlier in the week at the HSBC Champions, Phil Mickelson talked about what he learned from Keegan Bradley at the Ryder Cup. The combination of length and accuracy could be a huge positive, Lefty realizes.
Mickelson put that theory into practice Thursday in the first round, hitting 92.3 percent of the fairways and 94.4 percent of the greens.
Mickelson, who missed only the third fairway off the tee and the 14th green in regulation, shot 6-under 66 on Mission Hills Golf Club's Olazabal Course, tying his best round in the HSBC, which he has won twice.
Mickelson shot a 66 in the second round in 2007 en route to his first HSBC Champions...