Phil Mickelson hits every fairway for first time in 21 years

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On his back nine, the 43-time PGA Tour champion tallied five birdies at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

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A poor three-putt bogey from 21 feet at the 18th took some of the gloss off his day but he was still just three shots behind early leader Brian Gay, who shot a seven-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula where four-time victor Phil Mickelson carded a 65 and Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth opened with 66s.

Brian Gay and Scott Langley each had a 64 at Monterey for a one-shot lead to par on the three-course rotation Thursday.

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Mickelson had a blast getting himself in an early position to contend for his 44th PGA Tour title. He went on to win the previous three times (1998, 2005, '07).

He has seemed out of sorts since a poor final round at last year's British Open at Carnoustie, where he shared the lead starting on Sunday before fading to a tie for ninth.

The iconic oceanside course annually plays host to the biggest names on Tour golfing alongside celebrities from sports, music and film on the scenic Monterey Peninsula.

Day said it was imperative to get off to a good start.

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"It's about how do I improve to get myself into contention this week and then what do I do next week and just staying very present and recognising the longevity of a career", Spieth said.

Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine, said getting off to a fast start was critical with 100 percent chance of rain in Friday's forecast and the weekend likely to be very wet as well.

"It was a really good solid round, good solid start, and we had lovely weather and the golf course here is in spectacular shape".

Winning the Pebble Beach Pro Am proved to Jordan Spieth he was more than just a great putter. I don't think it has anything to do with why I've played well here in the past, but you never know. Thankfully he won't have to play that course when he dukes it out with Jordan Spieth for the 2019 U.S. Open. "I've always enjoyed this course and had a number of good rounds here".

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