Mickelson birdied the par-3 13th _his fifth hole _ but that was it. His three-putt from 10 feet on No. 4 started another bogey-bogey run.
“I fought hard for a while there trying to keep it a few over,” Mickelson said. “Three-putting (No.) 4 really hurt because I probably tried to get a little aggressive. I felt like I needed one birdie there. But it was a tough day when you play the way I did.”
Watson acknowledged before the tournament that he wasn’t sure about Olympic’s setup, fearing it would make him look silly and shoot 80.
He wasn’t far off at 78.
He hit only five fairways and eight greens, and made seven bogeys and a double. His only birdie came on the short par-5 17th.
He missed the fairway on his first drive, couldn’t advance it far and took bogey. He followed with a bogey at No. 11 after another bad swing.
But Olympic’s closing stretch did him in Thursday, including a double-bogey 6 on No. 18 after his club twisted in the rough on a chip.
“I just couldn’t get anything going.” Watson said. “Never got any rhythm. Everything was just a little off.”
At least Watson was crowd-pleasing with the pink driver he regularly pulled while the others went with irons, 3-woods or hybrids off the tee.
Watson even hit driver again on his second shot on the monster, 660-yard par-5 16th. But his sand wedge approach from the rough rolled off the green, resulting in another bogey.
“I wasn’t going for the green. I was just trying to get it somewhere down there,” Watson said about his second shot with the driver. “That pin is impossible to get at.”
Rough was easy to find.
Lefty went right again on No. 14 into the gallery. When he got to his ball, he asked if he hit anyone and handed a souvenir ball from his bag to the spectator, prompting another fan to yell, “Phil, can you hit me next?”
A third fan chirped in.
“Just don’t stand in the fairway (if you want to get hit),” he said.