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Mickelson said the round felt typical once he got going, and he couldn't have started much better with an approach hit to 5 feet for birdie. He then holed out a 25-footer for birdie on his next hole, the par-3 11th. His worst shot came off the 18th tee.
"I felt a little rusty, but I made a couple of birdies early, and that made it more relaxed," he said.
Gay missed the Masters when he ranked 31st on the money list with invites going to the top 30, and he ranked 57th in the world with the top 50 going to the U.S. Open. He rebounded by winning the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head by 10 strokes -- the largest win on tour this year.
He withdrew at The Players Championship, missed the cut at Byron Nelson and tied for 27th at Colonial after shooting a final-round 64. After a week off, he tried qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday in Tennessee only to miss out, leaving him among seven golfers here needing another win to head to New York or head home.
"For some reason, I didn't even think about obviously winning here would be two wins between," Gay said. "Somebody mentioned it I think yesterday but I didn't really think about it. Just figured I would have next week off."
Daly grabbed plenty of attention on a course he considers home but more for his presence and the neon green shirt he paired with green and yellow pants than his play. He shot a 72 that included three straight bogeys after he made the turn at 1 under and blamed his putter.
"I just couldn't get my lines up. Missed a lot of putts right. I just haven't been able to ... I hit the ball good. Hit a lot of fairways. I couldn't get it in the hole," Daly said.
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