Phil Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world golf rankings, buried a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole of today's opening round to post a 5-under par 65 and move within two strokes of the lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Mickelson stands in a tie for second with Brett Wetterich, two strokes behind the pace being set by Johnson Wagner. Wagner, an Amarillo native who won the 2008 Houston Open, matched his career-best score in a PGA Tour event with his opening 63 at Colonial.
Among the five top-10 golfers in the Colonial field, Mickelson was the only one to break even-par 70 in the opening round. The others: Jim Furyk (71), Geoff Ogilvy (72), K.J. Choi (73) and Steve Stricker (74).
With only a handful of golfers remaining on the course, Glen Day (66) stands alone in fourth place headint into tomorrow's second round. A large group of golfers are tied for fifth at 67. The list includes Fort Worth resident Mark Brooks and two-time Colonial champ Corey Pavin.
_ Jimmy Burch