Waste Management Phoenix Open. Y.E. and Bubba Share Lead. January 30 2014

dragon logo darkLogo Image Y.E. Yang and Bubba Watson share the first round lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale. I like this course. Superb in Scottsdale

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Bubba said right now he is in a good spot, not too nervous, after shooting an opening round of -7 under 64;

“If you look at my career, from junior golf, to college golf, to mini tours to now the Web.com Tour, to the PGA TOUR, I got to a level and I got out of my comfort zone. I get comfortable, and then I step up a new level and I get nervous again. Hopefully I'm at a stepping-stone where I've learned, now if I win a few more, I get nervous again. Right now I'm in a good spot.” "This golf course, if your ball-striking is good, you can shoot some good numbers here. Hit a lot of greens, didn't make too many mistakes, didn't miss too many fairways. Just played solid." Through an interpreter Y.E. announced he is going to be aggressive; "I think you have to be aggressive, at the same time, you can't be too aggressive. You have to really balance it out, but you still have to be a little bit more aggressive than other tournaments." There are seven players tied in third place at -6 under par, all carding first rounds of 65, they are;  Pat Perez, Kevin Stadler, Matt Jones, Harris English, William McGirt, Greg Chalmers and Chris Kirk. Harris actually birdied Nos. 12 thru 15 to top the leaderboard at -8 under par, but then followed that with bogey's at the par-3 16th,  the rowdy stadium hole, where he hit an 8-iron over the green on the 178-yard hole. Then the par-4 18th, he said he was a little over the top on the par 3 tee; "I guess I was a little juiced up on that tee, I left myself with an impossible up-and-down." TPC Scottsdale's favorite player, Phil Mickleson, opened with an even par round of 71, and a long way back for this favorite son. Phil thinks the same as me, he just loves playing here; "It's fun to be back here, I love playing here. I wasn't as sharp as I need to be, for sure. Playing the last five holes at three over,  that was really bad. Fifteen really stung, it was only a twelve  or fifteen footer, and I am thinking eagle. I roll it 6 feet by and I miss it coming back. That was costly. I got off to a poor start, played a couple over, and finished poorly. In the middle of the round, though, I hit a lot of good shots and had a good little run, but it just wasn't quite sharp. I wasn't quite focused on every shot the way I need to be and let way too many shots slide." Phil also reported that his troublesome back is now in fine shape; "It's fine, honestly, it's no big deal, it was a five-minute fix. I just have to be careful for a week or two as it heals up. It's fine. Mobility is back. It's just not a big deal. It happens every now and then. Last time was about four years ago."