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Mickelson leaves the other 2 stars in his wake

Friday - 8/30/2013, 4:18pm  ET

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson showed how much he enjoys playing with Tiger Woods by opening with a 63 in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Mickelson turned out to be the big star in the feature group of the top three players in the world ranking. He made seven birdies on his front nine. He hit a 6-iron to tap-in range for an eagle. And even when he hit his worst shot of the day deep into the trees, he salvaged a bogey.

He wound up with a one-shot lead over Kevin Stadler among the early starters at the TPC Boston. Hunter Mahan had a 65.

Woods missed two good birdie chances at the end of his round and had to settle for a 68. Masters champion Adam Scott had a 73.


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