LUSS, Scotland (AP) Phil Mickelson shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to share the lead in the first round of the Scottish Open.
The two-time Masters champion had an eagle and five birdies in the British Open warmup at Loch Lomond.
"We had a great day to score low," Mickelson said. "There wasn't much wind and the greens were putting very well. It's a fun test of golf and it was fun to play well the first day." (First round photos | Leaderboard at europeantour.com)
Graeme Storm, Soren Hansen and Lee Westwood also shot 65 to tie Mickelson, while Mikko Ilonen, Marcel Siem, Mark Foster and Christian Nilsson trail by a stroke.
Colin Montgomerie, who won the European Open on Sunday, birdied three of the first five holes but settled for a 69.
"Two under. I'd have taken it at the start of the day," Montgomerie said. "A 4-iron at the 10th went awry and an 8-iron, the distance was wrong on the 12th. Not much wrong with the shots."
Mickelson had been troubled by a wrist injury, but showed little sign of it Thursday.
"There is still pain. Every time you make contact, it stings," he said. "But I know I can't damage it any further and so I'm not afraid to go for the shots."
After starting with two pars and a bogey, Mickelson eagled the par-5 13th and followed it up with a birdie. He then birdied four of his last six holes, including an 18-foot putt at the seventh.
"I hit a cut 3-wood around the edge of the green to 15 feet and made it. That started my round," he said of the eagle.