Four days after a big win at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson keeps right on rolling.
Mickelson chipped in from 35 feet on the 18th hole at Riviera yesterday for a 5-under-par 66, giving him a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
The first round was suspended by darkness with 30 players yet to finish the round.
J.B. Holmes, in his fourth tournament since returning from brain surgery, mixed birdies and bogeys along his back nine and shot 67. He was with Hunter Mahan, who birdied four straight toward the end of his round.
All played in the afternoon as the wind died slightly.
Jonathan Byrd had the best score of the morning, when it was chilly and blustery. He had a 68.
Last Sunday, Mickelson closed with a 64 to rally from six shots behind at Pebble Beach.
European - Alejandro Canizares and Peter Whiteford each shot a 6-under 66 to share the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.
John Daly had a 79, which included a triple-bogey 8 on the 14th and five other bogeys. Afterward, he said he may have torn ligaments in his right elbow.
LPGA - Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Thailand in Pattaya.
Na Yeon Choi, Se Ri Pak, Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, and Karrie Webb were one shot behind.