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Mickelson brushes off poor start at Colonial

Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament. -- USA Today Sports
Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament. -- USA Today Sports

TEXAS: Phil Mickelson may have struggled at Colonial Country Club on Thursday in his first start since becoming golf's oldest major champion but did not appear too bothered as he was still revelling in his PGA Championship victory.


The 50-year-old Mickelson shot a three-over-par 73 in Fort Worth, Texas, that left him near the bottom of the field at the Charles Schwab Challenge.


"Yeah, I didn't play well. I shot three-over. But I won the PGA, so..." Mickelson said in response to the first question of his post-round news conference.


In case anyone had not heard him, Mickelson, who bogeyed two of his first three holes and struggled with his tee shots and putting, offered another reminder of his feat, while answering the second question.


"You can't play this course out of the rough because then you have tree trouble, which I had repeatedly, and I didn't putt well," said Mickelson. "But I won the PGA, so I'll see if I can get it turned around for tomorrow."


As Mickelson, in his final PGA Tour event before seeking the final leg of the career Grand Slam at the June 17-20 US Open, made his way around the course he was constantly congratulated by fans for his PGA Championship win.


"It feels incredible because it's been a long time since somebody has congratulated me for my play," said Mickelson.


"That's a moment, that's a week, that's a tournament, that's a win that I'll cherish forever. I enjoy when people say that."


Mickelson joins Rocket Mortgage field


Mickelson and six others were added to the field for this summer's Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club.


Mickelson, 50, who became golf's oldest major winner on Sunday, will be making his first appearance in the event, scheduled for July 1-4.


Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Sungjae Im, Max Homa and Cameron Champ also joined the field for the tournament, which is in its third year.


Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion.


He finished at 23 under par and three strokes ahead of Matthew Wolf last year, earning $1.35 million of the $7.5 million purse. -- Reuters


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