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Phil Mickelson finds form at Safeway Open

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-05 17:25:14

Phil Mickelson says he is surprised by his good performance at the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open.

Coming off a winless performance at the Ryder Cup, which the United States lost 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 to Europe, Mickelson put his poor form behind him to deliver a more assured 18 holes at Silverado Resort Course in Napa, California.

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The American hit six straight birdies and shot a seven-under-par 65 in the first round to move within two shots of leader Sepp Straka.

"I certainly didn't expect this. I expected to be going home after (Friday)," Mickelson told reporters.

"I'm not playing well, I'm not at my best. Today I had a couple things click and I got in a nice little rhythm."

Mickelson hit 14 of 18 greens and needed only 25 putts on the day. The five-time major champion is one of only two players in the field who are ranked in the top 25 along with Patrick Cantlay, who finished his day at three-under.

Mickelson also told reporters that he was unhappy with the state of the course in Paris.

"I'm not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore", said Mickelson. "It's a waste of my time.

"I'm going to play courses that are playable, and I can play aggressive, attacking, make lots of birdies type of golf I like to play."

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