Phil Mickelson is seeking his third World Golf Championship trophy after a birdie on his final hole of the day led to a 67 and tie for the lead.
Mickelson, 46, the oldest player in the field this week is making his 15th start in the Mexico Championship where he owns two other top-five finishes to go along with his victory in 2009. The 42-time PGA TOUR winner is searching for his first win on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship.
On his 4-under start Mickelson said,” It was a good start, it was a good round and I’ve really had some fun this year with where I feel my game’s at and it’s nice to start this tournament off on a good foot and I’m having fun.”
Mickeslon said he had worked the most on the greens this week,”They’re the greatest challenge of the golf course. They’re very difficult, they’re very undulated with a lot of speed and they’re very difficult to putt.”
This is the first time six players have been tied for the lead after the first round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
Joining Mickelson atop the leaderboard are Ross Fisher, Jimmy Walker, Jon Rahm, Lee Westwood, and Ryan Moore, all with opening rounds of 4-under 67’s at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
Seven players are T-7th with 68’s including Rory McIlroy making his first start after recovering from a rib injury.
McIlroy is pleased with his recovery saying, “It’s great actually, how it responded over the last couple of weeks ramping up the practice and then playing my first full competitive round today. I didn’t feel it at all. It’s all positive in that regard.”
Henrik Stenson withdrew on the 11th hole with a stomach virus.
The field will tee off in the second round Friday without the pressure of making the cut, as all players advance to the final round Sunday in this WGC event.