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Houston Open

Putting woes sink Mickelson

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Something was missing from Phil Mickelson's card — a circle.

Mickelson shot a birdie-free 75 Thursday, his first round without besting par since the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

And he had not played a birdie-free round at the U.S. Open since the opening round of the 2007 event at Oakmont, where he missed the cut.

"I thought I played pretty well, but I putted horrific," he said. "Making a bad swing here or there is part of the U.S. Open, but to miss those five-footers and a couple of 10-footers is very frustrating."

Mickelson's struggles surprised him because he had good practice sessions last week with putting guru...