Kevin Stalder is in second place at 64, followed by
Mickelson, the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship winner, started fast with a seven-under 28 on the back nine to give himself a shot at the 18-hole record of 59. The 28 matched his lowest nine holes in
After he bogeyed No. 1 to begin his second nine, Mickelson had an eagle at the par-five No. 2 before reeling off five consecutive pars. He finished birdie-bogey to complete his round.
[Update, 1:45 p.m.: I putted really well," Mickelson said in a television interview after his round. "There were a couple that didn't go that had every bit as good a chance to go as the ones that did, and that's the sign that you're putting well. The ones that were missing were catching lips, and I poured in a bunch of others, so I'm rolling the ball well."
When asked if he was having fun or feeling pressure, Mickelson leaned toward the fun aspect of his round.
"It's fun, I mean, it's really fun," he said. "You actually feel like it's less pressure. I feel like I didn't have to knock it stiff because I was making putts. I just had to get it on the green and give myself a good chance, and a lot of the ones went in."]
Several top players -- including