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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 Champ...
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Phil Mickelson has spent the past month trying to get over the Americans' shocking defeat in the Ryder Cup, calling it ''one of the biggest lows of my career.''
Playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup in the HSBC Champions starting Thursday at Mission Hills, Mickelson says it will take him awhile longer to forget what happened in Medinah.
Phil Mickelson has spent the past month trying to get over the Americans' shocking defeat in the Ryder Cup, which he calls ''one of the biggest lows of my career.''
Playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup in the HSBC Champions starting on Thursday at Mission Hills, Mickelson says it will likely take him far longer to forget what happened in Medinah.
Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott both shot rounds of 7-under 65 to share the HSBC Champions lead after the opening day Thursday.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open-winner, played a bogey-free round with seven birdies, while this year's runner up, Scott finished his round with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. Scott had six birdies for the day against one bogey...
Five Things from the second round of the HSBC Champions:
1. Louis, Louis
Louis Oosthuizen is halfway to his 10th career victory, holding a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club.
Oosthuizen, 30, continued to master the Olazabal Course, recording a 9-under-par 63 Friday after an opening 65. The South African sits at 16-under 128. Australian Adam Scott...
Louis Oosthuizen shot a blistering 9-under 63 on Friday to set a new 36-hole World Golf Championship record and open up a commanding five-stroke lead after the second round of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.
The 2010 British Open champion, the co-leader overnight, had eight birdies and an eagle to offset one bogey.
He now sits at 16-under 128 overall; the best 36-hole round...
Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott shot 7-under 65s to lead the HSBC Champions after the first round Thursday.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, played a bogey-free round with seven birdies, while Scott finished his round with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.
Two-time HSBC Champions winner Phil Mickelson was in a tie for third one shot back, along with Bubba...
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Lee Westwood made 11 birdies to shoot a 61 on Saturday and grab a share of the lead with struggling Louis Oosthuizen after the third round of the HSBC Champions.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and carded a 70.
The South African had a chance to retake the lead with a 15-foot...