Phil Mickelson, who won the last PGA Championship contested here at Baltusrol put a big dent into his chances for doing it again.

His tee shot off the first tee was a horrendous slice off to the left and got onto the road (Shunpike Road) and into a backyard in Springfield.

From there, Mickelson fought his way to a 3-over-7 on the hole

After the errant drive, things it got worse. He reteed and hit his third shot on the cart path right of the fairway, and his fourth shot went well over the green and just short of someone's backyard.

From there he pitched to the fringe, chipped to a few feet and then made his putt for a triple-bogey 7. He started the day one over, but this moved him down the leaderboard quick.


He rallied with a birdie on the par-4 third hole to get to plus-3 on the championship.

Jordan Spieth shot 67 in the morning on Friday to get to minus-3, yet there are still doubters about him winning any time soon.

“I got third in the World Golf Championship a couple tournaments ago. Yeah, I feel good. Again, I've been striking the ball well. My putting was great. It just got a little off at The Open. I just didn't hit them hard enough. I haven't really adjusted to the speed here. Once that comes and my putting gets back, then I'm firing on all cylinders,” Spieth said on Friday following his round.

Spieth found himself in the middle of a controversy when his drive on the seventh hole landed in the middle of puddle on a cart path.

“I just tried to find out exactly all the options I had and ultimately taking relief from casual water gave me the best opportunity to still drop it on the cart path, play it on the cart path. It took a while because of different drops.

“We weren't sure where my stance would still be and it wasn't full relief. Ultimately I still ended up playing with a toe in the water. Because the angle had changed from the angle of my stance looking at the pin, he said he was very happy with it, that it was relief and I was altering my stance to play a different shot, which is true, from where the other drop would have been, which is going right at it. It was really weird. It was as complicated as I've ever really had it. It took about as much time as I've ever taken on a free drop,” continued

“It was resolved. I hit a pretty good shot, really wish I could have made par there. Just don't hit it right on No. 7. I have done it two days in a row,” Spieth said.

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