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Cold rules first round at PGA's Phoenix Open

Bill Haas shoots 6-under 65 to sit atop the leaderboard with three others when Phoenix Open play was suspended.

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Bill Haas shoots 6-under 65 to sit atop the leaderboard with three others when Phoenix Open play was suspended.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Floridian Bubba Watson started play wearing a ski cap and kept his hands warm between shots with mittens. Ben Crane wore two hats and three pair of pants. And Phil Mickelson played his final nine holes in short sleeves.

Short sleeves? In 45-degree weather Thursday at the Phoenix Open?

"I don't know how he was doing it, because I didn't think it was that warm out," said playing partner Bill Haas, who was tied for the lead in the suspended first round at 6-under 65.

Mickelson thought nothing of it. "I started to get a little bit warm," the native of Southern California said. "It felt great."

The start of play was delayed four hours because of heavy frost at TPC Scottsdale, and only the scheduled morning starters completed the round.

The temperature dipped into the mid 20s overnight, and it was 39 when play started at 11:40 a.m. local time (2:40 p.m. EST). The high was 47 on a cloudless day in the desert. Play was suspended at 6:02 p.m. local time.

"It's cold. You've got four layers on," said Haas, tied with Jason Bohn, Tom Gillis and Champions Tour player Tom Lehman.

Another long frost delay was expected today, which likely would force most of the second round to Saturday and possibly set up a 36-hole finish Sunday.

Lucas Glover, sporting a thick beard that prompted calls of "Grizzly" and "Brian Wilson" from fans, was a stroke back along with Chris Couch and Ben Crane. "It was cold, and it's getting colder," Glover said.

Mickelson, coming off a one-stroke loss to Watson last week at Torrey Pines in San Diego, topped the group at 67. Watson shot 70, coming off his second career victory on the PGA Tour.

Lehman won the tournament in 2000 for the last of his five PGA Tour titles. The 51-year-old Minnesotan won the Senior PGA Championship last year.

"It was chilly, but once you get playing, you kind of forget about it," he said. "Somebody mentioned about playing in Minnesota, where I grew up. There were some days there where it was so brutally cold that I can tell you, one time in high school, a kid broke his hand but didn't know it until the ride home because his hands were numb all day. That's cold. (Thursday) wasn't there."

Qatar Masters: Retief Goosen shot 3-under 69 on his 42nd birthday to take a one-shot lead in the first round of the European Tour event at Doha. Top-ranked Lee Westwood shot 1-over 73, and No. 2 Martin Kaymer, who could unseat Westwood at this tournament, had 77.

Women's Australian Open: World No. 1 Jiyai Shin shot 6-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead at Melbourne with Jennifer Song of the United States in the Ladies European Tour event. Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa shot par 73.

Cold rules first round at PGA's Phoenix Open 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 11:49pm]
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