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Got a big game coming up? A national championship? An international competition?
A few days beforehand, jump on a plane and fly cross-country. Wait awhile, then fly back. That’s what
Mickelson finished three under par for the first round at the
With so much talk of a soft, wet course being vulnerable to low scores, the Ardmore, Pa., club bit back, testing players with its tight confines and deceptive greens.
Barely more than a dozen players were under par at day’s end, with the likes of
"We've had a lot of bad weather this year and this is the way it's been," he said. "I've got a lot of holes to play tomorrow. And hopefully I can play a little better than I did today."
Mickelson started early and was safe in the clubhouse by late afternoon. His performance was especially surprising given a history of struggling early in majors. There was also the fact that he chose to fly back to California for his daughter's eighth-grade graduation just before the tournament.
Of course, Mickelson flying coast-to-coast-to-coast isn't like most of us squeezing into the middle seat in economy class. His private jet allowed considerably more room to stretch out.
The five-time U.S. Open runner-up arrived in Pennsylvania just hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee time.
After finishing his round, he said the trip actually helped, giving him a chance to practice in sunny weather while everyone else sneaked in a few holes between downpours at Merion. Still, around the ninth hole, he told his caddie that he had hit a wall.
It took some fortitude to push through a tough day.
"We were having a hard time scoring low here," he said of Merion. "It's so demanding. It's such a great track. It's one of the best I've seen at the U.S. Open."
Dozens of players were scheduled to resume first-round play at 7:15 a.m. Friday. That included Donald, who finished 13 holes on Thursday.
With the forecast suggesting drier weather, officials were hoping to reach the cut before Saturday.