Mickelson leads 2012 Northern Trust Open

PHIL MICKELSON is continuing his winning ways of last week with a 5-under 66 giving a one stroke lead after an interrupted first round of the 2012 Northern Trust Open.

After his victory at Pebble Beach last week, Mickelson fired six birdies to a single bogey to lead American pair J.B. Holmes and Hunter Mahon There were still 30 players yet to complete their rounds on the Riviera course in Los Angeles when play was abandoned for the day to bad light. High winds had already slowed play and made scoring difficult.

The best placed Aussie was new dad Marc Leishman who was tied for 14th on 1-under.

Mat Goggin was the next-best Australian after and even-par 71, while defending champion Aaron Baddeley was two over along with a disappointed Jason Day, season debutant Adam Scott, John Senden, Stuart Appleby and Jarrod Lyle.

Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby were a shot further back at three-over while Greg Chalmers rounded out the Aussie contingent at four-over.

2012 Northern Trust Open Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.

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