Mickelson misses chances in round 1, makes Rangers game afterward

Mickelson misses chances in round 1, makes Rangers game afterward

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IRVING, TX - MAY 17: Phil Mickelson plays a tee shot at the fourth hole during the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort on May 17, 2012 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 6:54 PM

IRVING - The first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship wasn't kind to Phil Mickelson, who shot an even par 70 on Thursday.

Mickelson, who won this tournament in 1996, has had a busy schedule. Last week, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

"It's not that I’m tired," Mickelson said after the first round. "I have not been able to get the score that I feel I should be getting. I'm frustrated that I’m letting shots slide here or there, and not capitalizing on some birdie opportunities."

Mickelson's round included two birdies and two bogeys, despite conditions that were ripe for good scoring.

"A day like today, you have to take advantage of the opportunities," he said.

After the round, Mickelson was headed back to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch the Rangers close out their series with the A's. He and his daughter were also on hand Wednesday night to watch Texas beat Oakland in game one of the series.

He said he was impressed with the performance by Yu Darvish.

"I had a good view of it, and the differences in speeds from 95, to 68, to 75, to 88; it was all over the map," Mickelson said. "He had just great control. You could tell he's a special talent."

Mickelson is paired with Adam Scott and Ernie Els for the first two rounds. Scott shot a three-over par 73 while Els shot the same score as Mickelson, an even par 70.

The group will tee off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

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