KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Ryan Moore is glad the PGA Tour season is starting a little earlier this year at two tournaments where he loves to play.
Phil Mickelson is at a loss to explain what the problem with his game is.
Moore had 10 birdies to shoot 9-under 63 and take a two-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the CIMB Classic, the third event on the new wraparound season.
The American is coming off a top-10 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last weekend, a tournament he won last fall. He has had five straight rounds under 70 to start the season.
"It was really just a huge bonus that (the season) starts now," Moore said. "These are events like Vegas, that's home for me, and then this event, which I've really enjoyed the last couple of years. They're events I would play anyway so just the fact that they count, that's huge."
Keegan Bradley had seven birdies to finish two strokes behind in second place at 7-under 65, and Sergio Garcia was another shot behind at 6 under.
Mickelson was tied for 21st after two errant drives off the tee — one into waist-high birds-of-paradise fringing the fairway, the other into the water — led to double bogeys and an overall 1-under 71.
Playing for the first time since the Presidents Cup, he said his swing is as bad as it has been "in a long time."
"I'm swinging awful. I'm swinging terribly at the ball," he said. "The lead for me right now is irrelevant. It's so far off that that's the last thing on my mind because I just don't know where the ball is going."
Mickelson said he has been trying to correct the problem since just after his victory at the British Open, without much success.
"After I took a week off, I came back and (swing coach) Butch (Harmon) and I worked at the PGA and the Tour Championship. And we just haven't been able to get it figured out, and it's just a little bit — it's way off right now. It's as far off as it's ever been," Mickelson said.
LPGA: Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot 4-under 68 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan, as she tries to close the gap to Inbee Park atop the rankings.
Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho were tied for second with Karine Icher of France and Caroline Hedwall of Sweden.
After bogey on the par-3 second hole, Pettersen ran off six birdies before bogeying the 16th, also a par-3.
"I feel pretty good with my game," Pettersen said. "I feel my ball striking is pretty much where I want it to be."
Local favorite Yani Tseng, the 2011 Sunrise champion, managed only 76. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 76, and Tampa's Kristy McPherson 77.