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June 13, 2008
An early start
Phil Mickelson tees off at 1:47 today, but more than three hours before his scheduled start, Mickelson was already on the practice putting green trying to find his stroke. While Mickelson rallied in the first round with three birdies on the back nine to shoot even par, he admitted that he only made one putt of significance. He knows he wants to win his first U.S. Open that he will need his putter to be firing on all cylinders, so that's probably the reason he was out so early today. Amazingly, in a field of 156 players, Mickelson had the putting green to himself, aside from short game guru Dave Pelz and his caddie Jim "Bones" MacKay.
Anyone who watched yesterday's duel between Mickelson, Tiger and Adam Scott may have noticed that Phil seemed to have an extra tight shirt on, which also had the sleeves cut in order to show off his new biceps that he has developed through his new workout routine. He's not ripped like Tiger, but it's obvious that Phil is in better shape than in the past.