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Saturday 10 December 2016

Golf: Phil Mickleson sharpens up ahead of Masters

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

Three-times Masters champion Phil Mickelson looked sharp in his preparation for next week's season-opening major by firing a six-under-par 66 to join the first-round leaderboard at the Houston Open yesterday.

Fellow American Scott Piercy was best among the early starters with a blistering, bogey-free round of nine-under-par 63 for a three-shot lead at the Golf Club of Houston.

Charles Howell III and Luke Guthrie were also in the clubhouse with 66s.

In the clubhouse at five under par were France's Victor Dubuisson, Canadian Graham DeLaet and 2012 winner Hunter Mahan.

Sweden's Jonas Blixt, American Patrick Reed and 2009 champion Paul Casey of En gland were included in a large group at four-under.

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