Phil struggles at VTO, shoots 77

First Round Update — PGA Tour — Valero Texas Open — TPC of San Antonio — San Antonio, Texas —¬†

Pat Perez and Danny Lee jumped out to great starts in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.

While the field has yet to complete the first round thanks to a fog delay in the morning, Perez and Lee are in the clubhouse at 4-under after posting 68s. Lee, just 23 years old, has missed a host of cuts in the 2014 season, but also has a runner-up effort at the Puerto Rico Open. He managed four birdies in a five-hole stretch from No. 14 to 18 at TPC San Antonio.

The 38-year-old tour veteran and Arizona native Perez is No. 104 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was a 50-to-1 betting pick at heading into the tournament. His only PGA Tour victory was the Bob Hope in 2009.

A host of players are within four shots of the lead and not all will finish the opening round on Thursday. Headliner Phil Mickelson struggled in his first start at the Valero Texas Open since his rookie season in 1992. Mickelson ballooned to a 5-over-77 and is currently tie for last in the field.

Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson finished up 2-under-70. FedEx Cup standings leader Jimmy Walker is 2-under through seven holes at the moment.

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  • Europe opened a 5-0 lead over Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup on the European Tour.¬†Hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Team Europe is led by Graeme McDowell and some veteran tour members including Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez. None of the day matches reached the 18th hole. Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat had the best chance, but lost 2&1 to Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal.
  • Paula Creamer fired a 5-under-67 and leads at the moment at the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. Several players are still completing round one action. Creamer, 27, broke through and won earlier this season for the first time in four seasons. Inbee Park, Lizette Salas and Lexi Thompson all shot 69 and sit T-3.
  • Mickelson has yet to record a Top 10 on the PGA Tour in 2014. He did, however, finish runner-up on the European Tour in January at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.