Phil Mickelson shoots 76 in first round of Masters

Phil Mickelson had a tough day on Thursday at Augusta. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson had a tough day on Thursday at Augusta. (Getty Images)

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Phil Mickelson struggled through a tough Thursday at the Masters, shooting a 76 that included a double bogey, a triple bogey, a bogey, and two birdies.

As Justin Ray pointed out it was his third 76 or worse in his last four rounds at Augusta after only posting four in the first 79 rounds of his career.

The fun got started on No. 7 when Mickelson, chipping for birdie, went off the green, chipped back on, and three-putted for a triple. 

He banged in an insane putt on No. 10 for birdie but gave two back on No. 15, after dumping one in the water where Tiger Woods' crazy ball drop incident happened in 2013.

Surprisingly Mickelson wasn't disappointed with his performance.

"I actually played well, I know it’s hard to say that," he said.

He'll have to play much better if he wants to stick around for the weekend. The cut line at Augusta is top 50 and anyone within 10 of the lead. I think 6 under will be leading after Friday so I think Mickelson needs a 72 on day two to make it.

As for winning? I don't see it.

As Bob Harig pointed out, it might be too much for even the great Lefty to make up:

Mickelson never looked totally comfortable on a beautiful day at Augusta, despite feeling like he struck it well.

The conditions at a drying out course are only going to get more nasty as the weekend looms and Phil will need all the magic he's got in that bag Bones carries to climb back in this thing.

But are you counting him out after 18 holes?

I'm not.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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