PGA ChampionshipAugust 10, 2017

PGA Championship 2017: Phil Mickelson records worst major round in almost 20 years at Quail Hollow

Phil Mickelson PGA 2017
Sam GreenwoodCHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE—We're not used to seeing birdieless rounds from Phil The Thrill. His opening-round 79 at Quail Hollow on Thursday made it two consecutive majors in which Phil Mickelson failed to record a birdie in one of his rounds, following up a three-over 74 at The Open last month.

The Thursday round—his worst-ever in a PGA Championship—completes a forgettable major season for the 47-year-old, barring an ultra special second round. This would mark the first year since 2007 that Phil hasn't had a top 10 in a major, which was also the last year Phil missed two straight cuts in a major.

Of course, Phil skipped the U.S. Open at Erin Hills this year to attend his daughter's high-school graduation, so this would be three straight weekends at a major with no Phil.

And the five-time major champion didn't look happy after finishing his round -- heading straight to the car without stopping to the media, which he almost always does.

Phil's really solid record at Quail Hollow makes his Thursday performance even more surprising -- as Phil has made the cut in 14 consecutive seasons playing at the Charlotte layout.

That record, too, might be in danger without a strong Friday.

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