Phil Mickelson Fades After Fast Start at Wells Fargo Championship

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson faded after a fast start, and Robert Streb opened with a 7-under 65 for the early lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Streb tied for 30th at the Players Championship last week. On Thursday, he played a bogey-free round on a cool morning. Top-ranked Rory McIlroy teed off as Streb was finishing his round.

Charlotte resident Webb Simpson shot a 67 while K.J. Choi rallied for a 68. Defending champion J.B. Holmes is among those at 69.

Mickelson birdied his first three holes but finished with a 71. He dunked his tee shot in the creek along the left side 18th fairway for a double bogey.

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