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American World No.3 Phil Mickelson with his second shot at Hole 17 on the first day of the CIMB Classic at KLGCC on Thursday. He shot a one-under 71 to share 21st spot on the leaderboard. - THe STAR/ SS Kanesan
THE challenging West Course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) proved too tough for PGA Tour stars Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els to handle as they struggled to find the greens.
Five-time Major champion and world No. 3 Mickelson, who is the highest ranked player this week, struggled with his swing and had two double bogeys on his card as he finished with a one-under 71 to be tied for 21st.
He made his first double bogey on the par-four second hole before suffering a similar fate on the ninth hole, when his tee shot landed in the water.
Mickelson managed to hit just five out of the 14 fairways and was clearly unhappy with how things panned out.
Mickelson was even outscored by playing partner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who shot a five-under 67.
“I can’t remember swinging this bad in a long time. When I shoot a video of my swing, I’m doing everything wrong,” he said.
“The path of the club is too inside, then it’s vertical, the head’s moving, my legs are loose. It’s terrible.
“This is the worst I’ve hit and I can’t find the middle of the club face. And I’m not sure if the ball is going to go dead left or snap hook right and it’s a frustrating time tee to green. But I’m putting okay.
“I’m swinging awful. I’m swinging terribly at the ball. And even though I hit some good shots, the divots aren’t right and the path of the club isn’t right. This is as bad as I’ve swung at the ball.
“The lead for me right now is irrelevant. It’s so far off that that’s the last thing on my mind ... because I just don’t know where the ball’s going.”
Defending champion Nick Watney, who was also on the same flight as his American compatriot Mickelson and Aphibarnrat, was tied in 65th spot after finishing with a three-over 75.
Els also had a tough day on the course, carding a four-over 76 for a share of 70th position while Bubba Watson was perched at the bottom rung after a disastrous 78.
Watson, who lifted the Masters last year, suffered three double bogeys and was in 74th spot in the 78-player field.
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