Kyle Stanley and Phil Mickelson looked forward to fresh starts Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open. Defending champion Mark Wilson savored some pleasant memories in his return to the Valley of the Sun.
Stanley was eager to get back on the course after a devastating loss at Torrey Pines on Sunday when he had a triple-bogey 8 on the final hole of regulation and ended up losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff.
''That's the beauty of it,'' Stanley said. ''I think we've got to remember that the year has just started, so I have probably 27 or 28 events ahead of me, and the process doesn't change, the mindset doesn't change. I'm playing great golf right now.
''I'm just trying to focus on the positive things I did last week. I mean, I played some really good golf.''
Mickelson missed the cut at Torrey Pines, shooting 77-68 in his hometown event a week after opening the season with a tie for 49th in the Humana Challenge. The former Arizona State star won at TPC Scottsdale in 1...