Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under 63 for a share of the lead with Brian Davis, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole, to open the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., to prove it.
In a feature grouping of the top three players in the world ranking, Mickelson turned in the star performance Friday morning with a front-nine 28.
Woods had a 68. Masters champion Adam Scott, rounding out the 1-2-3 pairing, struggled to a 73 and joked later that he rolled out of the wrong side of the bed.
Kevin Stadler birdied his last four holes for a 64. Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan and Roberto Castro shot 65.
Rocco Mediate eagled two of the final four holes to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.
The 50-year-old Mediate had an 8-under 63 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows. He played the final five holes in 6 under, making eagles on the par-5 15th and 18th and birdieing the par-3 14th and par-4 17th.
Bart Bryant, Jeff Sluman, Bobby Clampett and Canada’s Rod Spittle were a stroke back.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett finished with a 5-under 66.<h3>Web.com Tour
Patrick Cantlay grabbed a share of the second-round lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., a week after the former UCLA star wasted a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Putnam had a 63, and Immelman shot 66.
Spokane native Alex Prugh shot a 2-under 70 for a two-round total of 5-under 139.
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum birdied three of her last four holes to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.
The 23-year-old Phatlum followed her opening 8-under 64 with a 66 for a tournament-record 14-under 130 total at rain-softened Columbia Edgewater.
Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., is nine shots back with a 5-under 139.