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Mickelson Snakes In Monster Putt, Implodes Thereafter

Phil the Thrill doing Phil the Thrill things. Why do we love Phil Mickelson so much? Because shortly after running in the miraculous 94-foot, 7-inch putt on Thursday at the Tour championship, Lefty’s scorecard began to celebrate the start of fall by turning into a Thanksgiving decoration. 

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Mickelson’s 4-over par 74 has him in a five-way tie for 24th place, meaning that the World Golf Hall of Famer is beating exactly two people at the 30-man season finale. He trails first-round co-leaders Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Chappell by eight strokes. All that means is that if Mickelson can shoot a low one on Friday, he’s back in the hunt.

12 players shot under par at East Lake on Thursday, including Rory McIlroy whose streaks of three birdies and a row and four birdies in a row were interrupted by two double bogeys in a row.

We could be in for a wild weekend in Atlanta.

Here are the first round highlights, courtesy of the PGA Tour. 

The full leaderboard can be found here.

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