Two players, Phil Mickleson and Brian Davis both shot 63,to tear up the TPC Boston course, and tie the lead at -8 under par in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
A smiling Phil Mickelson / Stan Badz PGA Tour
A smiling Phil made the understatement of the day;
“I felt I played really well, obviously, I putted well. I really made a lot of good putts. The greens were perfect the front nine. I saw the line and I just rolled them in. It felt really good to putt like that.”
Phil has never won a FedExCup, or been voted the Player of the Year, but he wants them now;
“If I finish off with one or two (more) wins this year and win the FedExCup. I think that would be enough to get the Player of the Year. I feel like these next three weeks I’m going to play very well. I can just feel it, you can just tell sometimes. The game feels sharp, and mentally I have a lot of energy and I’m able to focus clearly.”
Brian Davis injured his right foot when he fell down a few stairs in the house he was staying in for The Open Championship.
“I dropped my dinner as well, I haven’t played that great the last four or five tournaments. Been limping a few weeks, and body has not been feeling great. Golf is a funny game, sometimes you can come in and feel good and not play well. But I felt it today and obviously rode it. The FedEx is great drama, for us guys a lot of volatility. You know you have to play well. I missed a couple of shots last week, you can make some big jumps, and get points in the Playoffs. Coming today, I played great. I know what I’ve got to do not only to advance to next week, but obviously if you can have high finishes you’re going to make huge gains. I’m glad I played well and put myself in a good position.”
In third place is Kevin Stadler, his -7 under par 64 opener has given him the position on his own. This start and the same start last week have been the best rounds of his career, to date;
“It was the best round I had this year, in quite a few years, really. I kind of got in a groove with the putter. It was fun seeing the ball go in the hole. I wish I could say that’s the norm, but it’s the far from it. Usually the putter kind of holds me back. But it’s been getting better.”
Tiger Woods is off the pace at the moment, an opening round of -3 under par 68 only giving him a share of 34th spot. He said his back was OK;
“The back is good, unfortunately, I didn’t give myself a whole lot of looks. Missed a few opportunities out there, the golf course is really receptive and certainly gettable. I didn’t hit the ball as well I’d like to but I scored alright.”