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March 21 2013

4:00 PM

Mickelson, Garcia, Snedeker struggling

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The good news for Phil Mickelson: He just made his fourth birdie of the day.

The bad news: He has just as many bogeys through his first dozen holes here in the opening round at Bay Hill.

Though Mickelson has won here before, he doesn't exactly have a great track record in the event. The last two years, Mickelson has tied for 24th both times. In his three trips before that, he tied for 30th, 21st and 36th.

Things didn't start well on Thursday, either. Mickelson pulled his first two shots right nd made bogey. He made another on the par-3 second when he pushed his tee shot right and left his next shot short of the green.

There were positives -- birdies on Nos. 4 and 5, the latter of which he stuck his approach to 5 feet, and another on No. 8, where he rolled in a 12-footer.

But there were negatives, too, like his bogey on No. 7, where he left himself some 60 feet on the par 3 only to take three more strokes to get down.

Brandt Snedeker and Sergio Garcia haven't been any better.

Playing for the first time in five weeks after being sidelined with a rib injury, Snedeker is 2 over. Garcia is also 2 over after bogeys on two of his first three holes.

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