cloudyn.png
Thursday January 20th, 2022 9:19PM

Mickelson tied for lead, Langer shoots 68 with balky back

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Phil Mickelson shot a 6-under 65 and season points leader Bernhard Langer battled through a balky for a 68 in the opening round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Thursday.

Mickelson had seven birdies and a bogey to match Jim Furyk and Kirk Triplett for the lead in the PGA Tour Champions season finale at Phoenix Country Club.

Langer arrived in the desert as the prohibitive favorite to win his sixth Schwab Cup, joining Furyk, Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez as the only players with a chance to win the season championship. Langer's scenarios for winning his fifth Schwab Cup in seven years ranged from winning the Schwab Cup Championship to 35th, depending on how the other contenders finish.

The 64-year-old German star felt tightness in his back during Wednesday's pro-am and spent a warm Thursday afternoon walking with a slight hunch. He had to squat to tee his ball up and asked his caddie to take it out of the hole for him over the final 12 holes.

Langer still managed to make three birdies to offset a bogey on the front nine and had two more on the back. He caught a break when his third shot on the par-5 18th hole caught up in the rough before rolling into the water. He then got up-and-down for a par.

Furryk, who can win the Schwab Cup with a victory this weekend, had four birdies in his final five holes and seven overall playing in the final group with Langer. Els had four birdies to shoot 68 and Jimenez couldn't get much going, finishing with two birdies in a 70.

Mickelson was a big fan favorite in his return to the Valley of Sun, where he starred at Arizona State. Lefty is a part-time player on the PGA Tour Champions while still playing on the regular tour, winning three of his five starts on the senior circuit.

Mickelson opened with a birdie on the par-5 first hole and had four more on the back nine, including a tap-in on 18 after lipping out for eagle.

Fred Couples was a stroke back at 66 with David Toms, Brandt Jobe, Steven Alker and K.J. Choi.

Alker is coming off a victory Sunday in Florida in the TimberTech Championship. The New Zealander had no status when he turned 50 in late July. He qualified for the Boeing Classic in August and had top-10 finishes every week to keep playing to become eligible for the postseason.

___

More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Golf, AP Sports - PGA
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
GOP leaders say little to condemn violent political rhetoric
In the past week, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a video showing a character with his face killing a figure with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face
7:11PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Rittenhouse judge's nod to veterans includes defense witness
As jurors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial settled into their courtroom seats, Judge Bruce Schroeder welcomed them and noted the Veterans Day holiday
7:09PM ( 26 minutes ago )
'Rust' tragedy, labor climate frame Hollywood contract vote
Members of a union representing film and television crews begin voting Friday on a tentative contract with Hollywood producers
7:05PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. agrees to deal with Rams
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. agreed to a one-year deal with the Rams
6:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
Superman II: Panthers bring QB Cam Newton back home
Cam Newton is returning to the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011
5:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
Cowboys' Quinn focused on fixing things, not Falcons reunion
Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says he's focused on fixing things with his team rather than a reunion with the Atlanta Falcons
5:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Langer vying for sixth Schwab Cup season championship
Bernhard Langer is again in a familiar as the frontrunner to win another Schwab Cup title
5:33PM ( 1 day ago )
Still 5 months away, Harry Higgs has the Masters on his mind
Harry Higgs has been thinking about the Masters ever since he made a 6-foot par putt on the final hole of the PGA Championship in May
11:09AM ( 2 days ago )
Column: Golf stars should be paid more if they earn it
Tiger Woods has some untouchable records on the PGA Tour
10:43AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Golf
LPGA player of the year coming down to Ko and Nelly Korda
The style points go to Nelly Korda
4:35PM ( 2 weeks ago )
Bernhard Langer breaks Champions age record in Richmond
Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history Sunday at 64, beating Doug Barron with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic
7:12PM ( 2 weeks ago )
Masters champion Matsuyama wins by 5 shots in Japan
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama had three birdies in five holes on the back nine and eagled the 18th for good measure for a five-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship
4:29AM ( 2 weeks ago )
AP Sports - PGA
GOP leaders say little to condemn violent political rhetoric
In the past week, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a video showing a character with his face killing a figure with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face
7:11PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Rittenhouse judge's nod to veterans includes defense witness
As jurors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial settled into their courtroom seats, Judge Bruce Schroeder welcomed them and noted the Veterans Day holiday
7:09PM ( 26 minutes ago )
'Rust' tragedy, labor climate frame Hollywood contract vote
Members of a union representing film and television crews begin voting Friday on a tentative contract with Hollywood producers
7:05PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Court temporarily delays release of Trump's Jan. 6 records
A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of White House records sought by a U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, granting — for now — a request from former President Donald Trump
7:00PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Tagovailoa active despite finger injury, Brissett to start
Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was active Thursday night against Baltimore, despite still being limited by fractured finger on his throwing hand
6:57PM ( 38 minutes ago )