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Phil Mickelson fires first-round 63 in Deutsche Bank Championship

By Evan Hilbert |

For much of the first round Friday, it appeared Phil Mickelson would become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 in competitive play. But a bogey on the 10th and a relatively pedestrian string of holes to close left Mickelson at 63, just two strokes shy of the course record at TPC Boston.

Mickelson started on a torrid pace, birdying seven of the first nine holes for an opening 28. He then bogeyed one -- his 10th -- before cozying his approach to a couple feet on the par-5 second. He made eagle there to move to 8 under, but a string of pars and a closing bogey kept Lefty from making history.

Starting on the back, Mickelson made birdies at both the 10th and 11th holes before pars on the next two holes. He closed the nine with five straight birdies.

He started bogey-eagle on his back nine, following that with a string of pars before a birdie at the par-3 8th hole -- his second-to-last of the day. A wild drive on the 18th complicated matters, and he left his 45-foot par putt short.

A couple players have flirted with 59s on the PGA Tour this season -- most recently Tiger Woods at the WGC-Bridgestone -- and two players have fired the magic number. But it hasn't occurred on the PGA Tour since 2010, when both Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby managed the feat.

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