NORTON, Mass. -- Phil Mickelson has often said that playing with Tiger Woods seems to bring out the best in him.
Early in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, that seems to be true.
Mickelson, playing alongside Woods and Adam Scott for the first time since the three were grouped for the first two rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, is 3 under through his first five holes.
Woods, meanwhile, is 1 under, while Scott, who won last week, is 2 over (track their round here).
Mostly, Mickelson has done his damage with the putter, rolling in an 18-footer on No. 10 and following with a 28-footer on 11. Two holes later, he made his third birdie, sinking another 18-foot putt.
Woods' lone birdie came on the par-3 11th from just inside 9 feet, while Scott has made two bogeys and no birdies.
Among those also at 3 under: Henrik Stenson and Kevin Chappell. Both were in contention at various points last week as well.