Mickelson chips in for birdie to start Houston Open

Phil Mickelson
In need of some confidence heading into the Masters, it's looking early on like the Shell Houston Open is just what the doctor ordered for Phil Mickelson.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, April 02, 2015 | 12:34 p.m.

Outside of a runner-up finish at the 2014 PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson hasn't played his best golf over the last 15 months. He missed the cut at the Masters a year ago for just the second time in his career.

This week, he's looking for some form before heading to Augusta, Ga., where he's looking to win his fourth green jacket.

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If Thursday's start to the Shell Houston Open, Mickelson might be finding that form at just the right time.

After missing the green with his approach on the par-4 10th hole at the Golf Club of Houston -- his first hole of the tournament -- Mickelson had his caddie pull the flag from the hole before he settled in for the birdie chip.

Here's what happened:


Not a bad way to get a round started.

At the time of this posting, Mickelson was 6 under through 12 holes and had an share of the early lead.


T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.