SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The condensed schedule of golf’s major tournaments this month, necessitated by golf’s inclusion in the Rio Olympics in August, may have been to blame for Phil Mickelson’s rocky start to the 2016 P.G.A. Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club on Thursday.
“I like to play the week before a major,” said Mickelson, who had four bogeys in his first 11 holes before rallying with three birdies to shoot a one-over-par 71.
But with the British Open and the P.G.A. Championship only two weeks apart, Mickelson had little opportunity to play in another tour event between the two majors.
“Unfortunately, I don’t do well not playing the week before,” Mickelson said. “You kind of saw it today. I hit terrible shots the first 11 holes.”
But Mickelson, who finished second at the British Open, is hopeful.
“I’m proud that I hung in there, fought and got three strokes back coming in,” he said.