Keeping Score

Phil Mickelson shows the old guys how to play

In his Champions Tour debut, Mickelson birdies 5 holes in a row on the back 9 to shoot 10-under 61 and lead at Charles Schwab Series

61: Score for Phil Mickelson, who led the Charles Schwab Series on Monday in his Champions Tour debut at Ozark National in Ridgedale, Mo. Mickelson, who turned 50 on June 16, birdied his five consecutive holes in posting a 10-under score for a one-stroke lead in the 54-hole event. Mickelson opted into the tournament late Friday after he missed the 36-hole cut at the Northern Trust, ending his season on the PGA Tour. In his lone misstep of the day, he drove into trouble at the par-5 ninth and made bogey but still made the turn in 4-under 32. He birdied the par-5 11th before rattling off birdies on Nos. 13-17 en route to an inward 6-under 29 and the lead. Mickelson, who ranks ninth all-time with 44 victories on the PGA Tour, will seek to complete the career Grand Slam next month when the U.S. Open returns to Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Australia’s David McKenzie shot a bogey-free 62 to stand second. The tournament is the second Champions Tour event in a seven-day span at the Ozarks resort owned by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris (scores).

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