San Antonio • Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away.
Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 on Thursday in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back during the suspended first round. The 77 was Lefty’s highest score since a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.
Round suspended by darkness with 45 players not finishing
Pat Perez -4
Danny Lee -4
Will MacKenzie -3
Seung-Yul Noh; -3
Cameron Beckman -3
Chesson Hadley -3
Daniel Summerhays E
Mike Weir +4
"I had been playing real well at home, so to come out and play like this is disappointing," Mickelson said. "Just didn’t feel quite sharp."
In his previous two starts, Mickelson missed the cut in the Honda Classic and tied for 16th three weeks ago at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He made his only other Texas Open appearance in 1992, so long ago that the event was only his 11th professional start on the PGA Tour.
Pat Perez and Danny Lee shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead and Andrew Loupe was 4 under with seven holes to play when darkness forced the suspension of play. The start was delayed 2 hours, 40 minutes because of fog, and 45 players were unable to finish the round.
Area resident Cameron Beckman, Puerto Rico Open winner Chesson Hadley, Will McKenzie and Seung-Yul Noh shot 69, and Miguel Angel Carballo and Justin Hicks also were 3 under. Carballo had four left, and Hicks three.
Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar shot 70.
Defending champion Martin Laird opened with a 72, matching Valspar winner John Senden and Jeff Maggert, a winner last week in Mississippi in his Champions Tour debut.
Ernie Els shot 74, and former Texas star Jordan Spieth had a 75.
Area resident Jimmy Walker had a 76. He has a tour-high three victories this season, winning the Frys.com Open, Sony Open and Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Mickelson hit half of the greens in regulation on the Greg Norman-designed T&T Oaks Course, bogeyed three of the four par 3s and closed with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth.
In Carlsbad, Calif., Paula Creamer easily overcame tricky morning wind conditions for a share of the first-round lead in the Kia Classic with Mariajo Uribe.
Creamer and Uribe shot 5-under 67 on Thursday at Aviara to finish a stroke ahead of Cristie Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shaddoff and Mi Hyang Lee.
A playoff winner March 2 in Singapore, Creamer had six birdies and bogeyed the par-4 15th — her sixth hole of the day — after her approach plugged in the face of a bunker.
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