Taylor opens with 63 in Las Vegas with Mickelson 2 behind

October 03, 2019 - 4:46 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nick Taylor of Canada birdied his final hole to cap off an 8-under 63 and the early lead Thursday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut last week in his season debut, had a 65 for his lowest round since late February.

Taylor drove the 314-yard 15th hole at the TPC Summerlin within 5 feet for eagle. He made birdie on all three of the par 5s and wound up leading by two shots over Mickelson, Brian Gay and Sam Ryder among the early starters. Adam Scott, who spent a year at UNLV as a teenager, was among those at 66.

Brooks Koepka made his season debut with two birdies on his last four holes just to break par at 70.

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