It's nice to see Phil Mickelson doing vintage Phil Mickelson things early on in his first start of 2016.
Playing La Quinta in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Thursday, Lefty got off to a remarkable start. He made the turn in 5-under 31. That included this gorgeous eagle hole-out from 96 yards on the par-4 eighth hole:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 21, 2016
He would chip in for birdie on his very next hole to close out the 31.
The 45-year-old Mickelson -- a 42-time winner on the PGA Tour -- has not won since the 2013 Open Championship.
As if there weren't enough fireworks in Abu Dhabi this week with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler paired together for the first two rounds (and amateur Bryson Dechambeau taking the first-round lead with an impressive 64), check out what Gregory Havret and Lee Westwood did on Thursday.
First, Havret holed this remarkable one-bounce ace:
Then, to finish his round in style, Westwood holed his third shot on the par-5 18th hole for a walk-off eagle:
Lee Westwood's walk-off eagle. https://t.co/NEpzkpa1P9
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 21, 2016
Not much of a reaction from Westwood there... that's because it was an otherwise forgettable day as he carded a 1-over 73.
Havret's ace, by the way, wasn't the only one at the par-3 15th hole on Thursday. Thomas Bjorn also scored a hole-in-one there just one hole removed from a triple-bogey 7.
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