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Phil Mickelson starts well at Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson starts well at Honda Classic
Phil Mickelson applauds after his playing partner made a birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Honda Classic Pro-Am in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Wednesday. (Allen Eyestone / Associated Press)

After a balky putter let him down through the first few tournaments of the year, Phil Mickelson went back to the practice green.

On Thursday morning, he returned to action at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"I'm ready to get out and test the work that I've put in to see what the score is," he said.

So far, so good.

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Mickelson started with a bogey at the PGA National but quickly followed with a pair of birdies and stood tied for second at one-under par midway through the first round.

Rory Sabbatini held the lead at three-under.

That second-place pack also included Rickie Folwer, Martin Kaymer and Zach Johnson.

"I can putt as great as possible back home," Mickelson said before the tournament. "But until you come out on Thursday ... it won't matter."

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