Phil Mickelson was entertaining to the very end Thursday and finished one stroke behind Angel Cabrera in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cabrera played in early, calmer conditions and thrived on the new Bermuda greens at Quail Hollow. He made seven birdies, including a 40-foot putt, and turned in a 6-under 66 that stood as the lead the rest of the day.

"It was a very good first round, and we have a lot to go," the Argentine said through a translator.

Mickelson caught him twice but couldn't hold it. Coming off his first missed cut at the Masters in 17 years, Mickelson handled the strong, swirling wind in the afternoon for a 67, tied with Martin Flores.

Mickelson hit only one fairway on the back nine. He bogeyed both the par 3s. He chipped poorly and atoned for that with long par putts.

"The greens match up well with the beauty and simplicity of the design," Mickelson said. "I really believe it is one of the best golf courses I've played."

Webb Simpson, a member at Quail Hollow, might have joined Cabrera except for the way he finished each nine. He took double bogey on No. 9 when he hit into the trees and made bogey on No. 18 with another wayward tee shot. Other than that, his card was filled with seven birdies for a 68. Stewart Cink and Jonathan Byrd also were at 68.


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Rory McIlroy also had a few patches of wild play -- a tee shot down the side of the hill toward the water on No. 16, and another that hit a tree and bounced so far left that he thought about playing a shot down a service road behind the corporate tents. Wiser heads prevailed -- caddie J.P. Fitzgerald's in this case -- and McIlroy limited the damage to bogey 5.

He was in the large group at 69 that included U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer, who finished bogey-eagle-eagle-bogey.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to take the lead at the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas.

Pettersen, who returned to the tour last week at Lake Merced Golf Club after missing a month with back issues, had a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, Cristie Kerr, Caroline Masson, Cydney Clanton and Dori Carter.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, and third-ranked Stacy Lewis shot 71s at Las Colinas Country Club.

Pettersen took sole possession of the lead when she birdied Nos. 7 and 8, her 16th and 17th holes of the day.

"I feel good," Pettersen said. "... I really can't go hit balls on the range. I play whatever I need to play and then just try to give my body a little bit of break."

Wie had her 15th straight round of par or better. All have come in a stretch when she was runner-up in the season's first major, won at home in Hawaii and had another top-10 finish last week in San Francisco, not far from her alma mater Stanford.

"Definitely, my confidence level is up from last year," said Wie, whose five top-10 finishes are already one more than she had in 26 events all last season.

PGA of America: The 2022 PGA Championship will be at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and the 2017 Senior PGA Championship will be at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia. Trump National in Bedminster will also host the 2017 U.S. Women's Open. The course was designed by Tom Fazio.