Phil Mickelson among early co-leaders at WGC-Mexico Championship

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Phil Mickelson among early co-leaders at WGC-Mexico Championship

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Phil Mickelson among early co-leaders at WGC-Mexico Championship

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Here is a recap of Thursday’s first round of the 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City:

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LEADING: So much for the Club de Golf Chapultepec being all about driving accuracy. Phil Mickelson, a notoriously inaccurate driver (he even joked about it on TV recently), opened in 4-under 67 to share the early lead in Mexico. Lefty found nine of 14 fairways on his way to the co-lead. The 46-year-old shares the top spot with five other players: Jon Rahm, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher. Four of the six co-leaders hit exactly nine fairways on the day, oddly. Anyway, Mickelson, 46, is looking for his first victory since the 2013 Open Championship. He’s off to a fine start.

CHASING: Rory McIlroy, in his first round back after resting a stress fracture in one of his ribs, opened with a 3-under 68 despite reportedly battling a stomach virus. There’s several others in a tie for seventh at 3 under, including Thomas Pieters, Sergio Garcia, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Matt Kuchar and Fabrizio Zanotti. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas both posted at 2 under and are T-14.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Shrug if you want, Mr. Thomas. But this hole-out birdie was absolutely astounding.

QUOTABLE: “That bigger difference (you get) in between irons (at altitude), I enjoy because it lets my feel and touch to be more of an instrument throughout the round.” – Phil Mickelson

CHIP SHOTS:  World No. 1 Dustin Johnson missed several short putts but was still able to put up a 1-under round to find himself T-20 and just three back. … Matthew Fitzpatrick started the day birdie-birdie-birdie but actually needed a late eagle just to eventually finish even par on the day. … Henrik Stenson, also dealing with a stomach virus, withdrew from the tournament after 11 holes.

UP NEXT: Friday’s second round will be on Golf Channel from 2-7 p.m. ET. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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