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Mickelson struggles at Cog Hill
Phil Mickelson had a rough start at the BMW Championship in a hit-and-miss first round at Cog Hill.

On par at the 18th, a wayward tee shot resulted in a bogey and 1-over 72 to end Thursday’s play.

"Never really had it going great today," he said.

With almost karmic predictability after blasting the Rees Jones-designed course, Mickelson struggled at the start, double bogeying the par-3 No.2 and at one point was 4 over.

"We got it going there when we started to get some downwind holes like 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, there were some birdie holes there," Mickelson said.

As his putting game at least was up to scratch, using a belly putter for the second straight tournament, he had just 24 putts in the first round – the lowest total in the field.

"Fought back to get it to even par and thought I had turned it around, and then made one bad swing off the tee on 18," said Mickelson, who began the final hole with a drive that went out of bounds on the right side.

Cog Hill is likely to lose the BMW Champsionship, and has been criticised by other players including normally reserved Steve Stricker.

Mickelson said he would be happy to offer advice to Cog Hill owner Frank Jemsek if called upon for suggestions on how to improve the beleaguered venue.

"I feel like the Jemsek family has meant a lot to golf and there's a lot of families that have meant a lot to the game," he said, "and I feel like as a player I would owe it to them to at least answer questions that they may have."

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