Mickelson Struggles at Colonial

Lefty tied for 89th place.

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    Phil Mickelson struggled in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

    Jason Bohn, Jeff Overton and Blake Adams shot 7-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Colonial, where 2008 champion Phil Mickelson's return turned into a struggle after an impressive start Thursday.

    Mickelson birdied the first two holes, but that was the lowest he got on a hot day with ideal scoring conditions. Lefty finished with a 1-over 71 and is tied for 89th place, while 75 players were under par.

    It will take quite a comeback for Mickelson to win his third Colonial, a victory that would push him to No. 1 in the world ranking ahead of Tiger Woods for the first time in his career.

    Mickelson wasn't at a pink-swathed "Hogan's Alley" to defend his title last May after finding out that his wife, Amy, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Brian Davis was alone in fourth with a 64. Defending champion Steve Stricker shot 68.