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Good news on, off course for Mickelson

PINEHURST, N.C. – Phil Mickelson would not ask for a mulligan on his Thursday.

He played even-par golf before adoring crowds in the first round of the U.S. Open, and the New York Times reported that the FBI’s insider-trading investigation involving him is weaker than originally thought.

“I'll continue to say: I haven't done anything wrong,” Mickelson said after shooting 70 at Pinehurst. “I'm willing to help out, would love to help out any way, on the investigation.”

The Times reported that Mickelson did not buy stock in Clorox at the same time as investor Carl Icahn sought to purchase the company. But the FBI continues to look into the investments of professional gambler Billy Walters, said to be a friend of Mickelson’s. Walters reportedly made $15 million in 2012 on a trade of Dean Foods, and Mickelson was reported to have pocketed $1 million.

Asked about the $1 million figure, Mickelson responded: “I do have a lot to say, and I will say it at the right time. I just can't say it right now.”

Mickelson feasted off the tee Thursday – “I didn't miss a fairway with my driver, an unusual thing for me” – but struggled with midrange putts using his claw grip.

“I like putting conventional,” he said. “It might be weeks, it might be months, it might be days, hours, I don't know (using the claw).”

tgreenstein@tribune.com

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