Carl Pettersson has moved into a two-way tie with Mickelson at 6-under for the Northern Trust Open.
Phil Mickelson chipped in from 35 feet above the hole on the 18th at Riviera to maintain his one-shot lead today in the first round of the Northern Trust Open. He bogeyed the 16th, but otherwise was near flawless in his 5-under 66. He loves Riviera, and Riviera loves him. J.B. Holmes and Hunter Mahan are tied for second, one shot back.
Phil Mickelson has taken his customary place atop the leaderboard at the Northern Trust Open. He birdied the 13th and J.B. Holes bogeyed the fifth, so Mickelson now has the outright lead. Mickelson started in the afternoon and might run out of daylight as to whether he can get in all 18. He’s at 5-under through 13 holes.
Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA Tour, has a four-year contract extension and plenty ideas for change. He’s at Riviera Country Club for this week’s Northern Trust Open, one of the events on the schedule he doesn’t have to worry about much. Read about why he he wants to change Q-School and more.
Patrick Cantlay finished at 7-over 78 at Riviera today, his worst outing as an amateur in a pro event. He teed off in the morning, and the wind was so bad PGA Tour officials decided not to send standard bearers out with each group in the afternoon.
Of the wind, Cantlay said: “It was a factor for all of us, so I guess it was a non-factor.”
Tom Gardner earned a qualifier spot through the SCPGA to play in the Northern Trust Open. Read about how this East Coast guy made it to Bel-Air, and then the PGA Tour stop today’s column.
Patrick Cantlay tees off his crazy year with the Northern Trust Open this week…. then 3 of the four majors. Here’s how he’s handling all of this, plus the pressure to turn pro.