Phil Mickelson shot a scrambling four-under-par 68 on Thursday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, leaving him four strokes back in his return from two sports hernia surgeries.
“I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind,” Mickelson said. “So, I'm very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday and I've been able to work out just the last two weeks.”
Lefty hooked his opening drive into the trees in the morning rain and cold at La Quinta Country Club, a drive so bad that he hit a provisional even though he thought the first one was in play. It was, and he hammered a shot under the trees to just off the front of the green and saved par.