In Brief: Golfer Allen has party in desert

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale resident Michael Allen brought several dozen friends to Grayhawk Golf Club.

He gave his hometown gallery plenty to cheer about, matching his career-low round with a 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Fry's Electronics Open on Thursday.

Nick Watney, Rich Beem and Frank Lickliter II were two strokes back -- Watney had 11 birdies and an 8 on the par-4 seventh hole.

"I had 20, 30, 40 friends out there yelling, and that's always really nice," said Allen, who lives about 10 minutes from the course. "You don't get that very often. So when you get things going, it's nice to have some fun."

It wasn't as much fun for Grayhawk member Phil Mickelson, No. 2 on this year's money list and the biggest name in the tournament. He hit three balls into the desert and wound up at 1-over 71 on a sunny, 81-degree day.

The first day of the new tournament had a more intimate feel than Scottsdale's other PGA Tour event, the FBR Open, which has become a four-day corporate party just down the road at the TPC Scottsdale.

The 48-year-old Allen has never won in 292 tour events. He matched his career-best finish as a runner-up in the Turning Stone Resort Championship last month, and since the start of the Fall Series has jumped from No. 154 to No. 93 on the money list with $975,677.

Allen teed off on No. 10 at Grayhawk's 7,125-yard Raptor Course. He parred the first two holes, birdied 12 and 14, then blasted in from a bunker for an eagle on the 332-yard 15th.

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