PGA Tour

Safeway Open 2018

October 04-07

Silverado Country Club, Napa, California

$6,400,000

October 04-07

Silverado Country Club, Napa, California

$6,400,000

Round 1

Mickelson fires six straight birdies for an opening 65

October 04, 2018

Phil Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka in the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open.

Mickelson fires six straight birdies for an opening 65 at the Safeway Open, © Matthew Harris / TGPL
Phil MICKLESON (USA) Practice days during Ryder Cup Matches 2018,Le Golf National, Versailles, Paris,France

© Matthew Harris / TGPL

Coming off a winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe, the 48-year-old Mickelson birdied Nos. 9-14 and closed with four straight pars on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.

I've been putting well, like I can putt,'' Mickelson said. ''But I was surprised at some of the shots I've hit. Honestly, I hit it just terrible and today was kind of an anomaly. Don't let the good round fool you. I'm not at all at my best. A few things clicked and it was fun.''

He was 0-2 in France at the Ryder Cup.

''I had two terrible weeks at BMW and the Tour Championship,'' Mickelson said. ''But I've become a great putter week in and week out with a few bad weeks as opposed to in the past I've kind of an average putter with a few spikes. I'm back to putting well again and rolling it in the way I did all last year.''

Mickelson said he felt like he "wasted his time" trying to battle the narrow fairways and deep rough at the Ryder Cup in France, where Team Europe triumphed 17.5-10.5.

"They had brutal rough, it was almost unplayable and it is not the way I play," Mickelson said. "Here I can miss some fairways and it is playable.

"I am 48-years old, and I am not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore. It is a waste of my time.

"I am going to play courses that are playable and I can play aggressive, attacking, and birdie-style golf."

Straka birdied the final three holes for a 63. The Austrian played alongside Mark Mulder, the former major league pitcher who opened with a 75.

''I really wasn't expecting that right out of the gates,'' Straka said. ''But I had a good game plan and I just tried to do it shot by shot. I really didn't do a lot of special things. My putter was really hot, and I putted the ball really well. Other than that, you know, I just took advantage of my chances.''

Chase Wright had a 64, playing the last three holes in 4 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th and two birdies. He's playing in his second career PGA Tour event after earning a card in the Web.com Tour Finals.

''It's been a great year,'' Wright said. ''I know I should be here and I'm not by any means surprised about this. My last two competitive rounds were 64, so I think if I keep that up I'll be just fine.''

Brandt Snedeker, Alex Prugh, J.T. Poston, Mackenzie Hughes, Sam Saunders, Sungjae Im and Adam Long shot 66.

''I just stayed patient,'' said Snedeker, who had an opening 59 in his Wyndham Championship victory in August. ''I just kind of worked my way back into after not playing for the past four weeks and getting some rest. I was driving it great all day.''

Two-time defending champion Brendan Steele had a 67, playing alongside Mickelson.

Fred Couples, the Hall of Famer who turned 59 on Wednesday, had a 73 in his first PGA Tour round since the Masters in April.

Pos.
Player
Nat
to Par
R1
1
Sepp Straka
AUT
-9
63
2
Chase Wright
USA
-8
64
3
Phil Mickelson
USA
-7
65
T4
Adam Long
USA
-6
66
T4
Alex Prugh
USA
-6
66
T4
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-6
66
T4
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
66
T4
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-6
66
T4
Sam Saunders
USA
-6
66
T4
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
66
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-6
66
T12
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
67
T12
Brendan Steele
USA
-5
67
T12
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
67
T12
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-5
67
T12
Kyle Jones
USA
-5
67
T12
Martin Laird
SCO
-5
67
T12
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
67
T12
Roger Sloan
CAN
-5
67
T12
Ryan Moore
USA
-5
67
T12
Troy Merritt
USA
-5
67
T22
Brandon Harkins
USA
-4
68
T22
Hudson Swafford
USA
-4
68
T22
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-4
68
T22
Jon Curran
USA
-4
68
T22
Julian Etulain
ARG
-4
68
T22
Kevin Streelman
USA
-4
68
T22
Kevin Tway
USA
-4
68
T22
Nate Lashley
USA
-4
68
T22
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
68
T31
Adam Svensson
CAN
-3
69
T31
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
69
T31
Beau Hossler
USA
-3
69
T31
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-3
69
T31
Chez Reavie
USA
-3
69
T31
Chris Stroud
USA
-3
69
T31
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
69
T31
James Hahn
USA
-3
69
T31
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
69
T31
John Senden
AUS
-3
69
T31
Kramer Hickok
USA
-3
69
T31
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
69
T31
Matt Jones
AUS
-3
69
T31
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-3
69
T31
Michael Thompson
USA
-3
69
T31
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-3
69
T31
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
69
T31
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
69
T31
Sam Ryder
USA
-3
69
T31
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-3
69
T31
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
69
T31
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-3
69
T31
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
69
T54
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-2
70
T54
Bill Haas
USA
-2
70
T54
Brett Drewitt
AUS
-2
70
T54
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
70
T54
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
70
T54
Cameron Champ
USA
-2
70
T54
Cameron Davis
AUS
-2
70
T54
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
70
T54
Chris Thompson
USA
-2
70
T54
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
70
T54
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
70
T54
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T54
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
70
T54
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
70
T54
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
70
T54
J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
70
T54
J. J. Henry
USA
-2
70
T54
Jim Herman
USA
-2
70
T54
Johnson Wagner
USA
-2
70
T54
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
70
T54
Luke List
USA
-2
70
T54
Nick Watney
USA
-2
70
T54
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
70
T54
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T78
Ben Crane
USA
-1
71
T78
Brady Schnell
USA
-1
71
T78
Cameron Tringale
USA
-1
71
T78
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-1
71
T78
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
71
T78
Curtis Luck
AUS
-1
71
T78
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-1
71
T78
Grayson Murray
USA
-1
71
T78
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
71
T78
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
71
T78
Josh Teater
USA
-1
71
T78
Nick Taylor
CAN
-1
71
T78
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-1
71
T78
Ryan Blaum
USA
-1
71
T78
Scott Langley
USA
-1
71
T78
Seamus Power
IRL
-1
71
T78
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
71
T78
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
71
T78
Wes Roach
USA
-1
71
T97
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
Par
72
T97
David Hearn
CAN
Par
72
T97
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
Par
72
T97
J. J. Spaun
USA
Par
72
T97
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
72
T97
Joey Garber
USA
Par
72
T97
Mark Anguiano
USA
Par
72
T97
Max Homa
USA
Par
72
T97
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
Par
72
T97
Michael Kim
KOR
Par
72
T97
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
72
T97
Robert Garrigus
USA
Par
72
T97
Robert Streb
USA
Par
72
T97
Sam Burns
USA
Par
72
T97
Scott Brown
USA
Par
72
T97
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
72
T97
Sean O'Hair
USA
Par
72
T97
Seth Reeves
USA
Par
72
T97
Tyler McCumber
USA
Par
72
T116
Anirban Lahiri
IND
1
73
T116
Brandon Hagy
USA
1
73
T116
Chris Kirk
USA
1
73
T116
Fred Couples
USA
1
73
T116
Jim Knous
USA
1
73
T116
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
1
73
T116
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
T116
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
1
73
T116
Trey Mullinax
USA
1
73
T125
Anders Albertson
USA
2
74
T125
Andres Gonzales
USA
2
74
T125
Chad Campbell
USA
2
74
T125
Jeff Brehaut
USA
2
74
T125
John Chin
USA
2
74
T125
John Huh
USA
2
74
T125
Kelly Kraft
USA
2
74
T125
Martin Piller
USA
2
74
T125
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
2
74
T134
Denny McCarthy
USA
3
75
T134
Harris English
USA
3
75
T134
Mark Mulder
USA
3
75
T134
Martin Trainer
USA
3
75
T134
Ricky Barnes
USA
3
75
T134
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
75
T140
Chad Collins
USA
4
76
T140
Jamie Lovemark
USA
4
76
T140
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
4
76
T143
Adam Hadwin
CAN
5
77
T143
Wesley Bryan
USA
5
77
Pos.
Player
Nat
to Par
R1
1
Sepp Straka
AUT
-9
63
2
Chase Wright
USA
-8
64
3
Phil Mickelson
USA
-7
65
T4
Adam Long
USA
-6
66
T4
Alex Prugh
USA
-6
66
T4
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-6
66
T4
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
66
T4
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-6
66
T4
Sam Saunders
USA
-6
66
T4
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
66
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-6
66
T12
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
67
T12
Brendan Steele
USA
-5
67
T12
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
67
T12
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-5
67
T12
Kyle Jones
USA
-5
67
T12
Martin Laird
SCO
-5
67
T12
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
67
T12
Roger Sloan
CAN
-5
67
T12
Ryan Moore
USA
-5
67
T12
Troy Merritt
USA
-5
67
T22
Brandon Harkins
USA
-4
68
T22
Hudson Swafford
USA
-4
68
T22
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-4
68
T22
Jon Curran
USA
-4
68
T22
Julian Etulain
ARG
-4
68
T22
Kevin Streelman
USA
-4
68
T22
Kevin Tway
USA
-4
68
T22
Nate Lashley
USA
-4
68
T22
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
68
T31
Adam Svensson
CAN
-3
69
T31
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
69
T31
Beau Hossler
USA
-3
69
T31
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-3
69
T31
Chez Reavie
USA
-3
69
T31
Chris Stroud
USA
-3
69
T31
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
69
T31
James Hahn
USA
-3
69
T31
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
69
T31
John Senden
AUS
-3
69
T31
Kramer Hickok
USA
-3
69
T31
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
69
T31
Matt Jones
AUS
-3
69
T31
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-3
69
T31
Michael Thompson
USA
-3
69
T31
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-3
69
T31
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
69
T31
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
69
T31
Sam Ryder
USA
-3
69
T31
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-3
69
T31
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
69
T31
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-3
69
T31
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
69
T54
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-2
70
T54
Bill Haas
USA
-2
70
T54
Brett Drewitt
AUS
-2
70
T54
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
70
T54
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
70
T54
Cameron Champ
USA
-2
70
T54
Cameron Davis
AUS
-2
70
T54
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
70
T54
Chris Thompson
USA
-2
70
T54
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
70
T54
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
70
T54
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T54
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
70
T54
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
70
T54
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
70
T54
J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
70
T54
J. J. Henry
USA
-2
70
T54
Jim Herman
USA
-2
70
T54
Johnson Wagner
USA
-2
70
T54
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
70
T54
Luke List
USA
-2
70
T54
Nick Watney
USA
-2
70
T54
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
70
T54
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T78
Ben Crane
USA
-1
71
T78
Brady Schnell
USA
-1
71
T78
Cameron Tringale
USA
-1
71
T78
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-1
71
T78
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
71
T78
Curtis Luck
AUS
-1
71
T78
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-1
71
T78
Grayson Murray
USA
-1
71
T78
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
71
T78
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
71
T78
Josh Teater
USA
-1
71
T78
Nick Taylor
CAN
-1
71
T78
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-1
71
T78
Ryan Blaum
USA
-1
71
T78
Scott Langley
USA
-1
71
T78
Seamus Power
IRL
-1
71
T78
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
71
T78
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
71
T78
Wes Roach
USA
-1
71
T97
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
Par
72
T97
David Hearn
CAN
Par
72
T97
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
Par
72
T97
J. J. Spaun
USA
Par
72
T97
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
72
T97
Joey Garber
USA
Par
72
T97
Mark Anguiano
USA
Par
72
T97
Max Homa
USA
Par
72
T97
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
Par
72
T97
Michael Kim
KOR
Par
72
T97
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
72
T97
Robert Garrigus
USA
Par
72
T97
Robert Streb
USA
Par
72
T97
Sam Burns
USA
Par
72
T97
Scott Brown
USA
Par
72
T97
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
72
T97
Sean O'Hair
USA
Par
72
T97
Seth Reeves
USA
Par
72
T97
Tyler McCumber
USA
Par
72
T116
Anirban Lahiri
IND
1
73
T116
Brandon Hagy
USA
1
73
T116
Chris Kirk
USA
1
73
T116
Fred Couples
USA
1
73
T116
Jim Knous
USA
1
73
T116
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
1
73
T116
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
T116
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
1
73
T116
Trey Mullinax
USA
1
73
T125
Anders Albertson
USA
2
74
T125
Andres Gonzales
USA
2
74
T125
Chad Campbell
USA
2
74
T125
Jeff Brehaut
USA
2
74
T125
John Chin
USA
2
74
T125
John Huh
USA
2
74
T125
Kelly Kraft
USA
2
74
T125
Martin Piller
USA
2
74
T125
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
2
74
T134
Denny McCarthy
USA
3
75
T134
Harris English
USA
3
75
T134
Mark Mulder
USA
3
75
T134
Martin Trainer
USA
3
75
T134
Ricky Barnes
USA
3
75
T134
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
75
T140
Chad Collins
USA
4
76
T140
Jamie Lovemark
USA
4
76
T140
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
4
76
T143
Adam Hadwin
CAN
5
77
T143
Wesley Bryan
USA
5
77