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Phil Mickelson shoots 77 in Texas Open, falls 9 strokes back in suspended first round

  • Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the 10th tee during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the 10th tee during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. Play was delayed for more than two hours Thursday due to rain and fog. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. Play was delayed for more than two hours Thursday due to rain and fog. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phil Mickelson hits a chip shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. Play was delayed for more than two hours Thursday due to rain and fog. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Phil Mickelson hits a chip shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. Play was delayed for more than two hours Thursday due to rain and fog. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away.

Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 on Thursday in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back during the suspended first round. The 77 was Lefty's highest score since a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.

In his previous two starts, Mickelson missed the cut in the Honda Classic and tied for 16th three weeks ago at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He made his only other Texas Open appearance in 1992, so long ago that the event was only his 11th professional start on the PGA Tour.

Pat Perez and Danny Lee shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead and Andrew Loupe was 4 under with seven holes to play when darkness forced the suspension of play. The start was delayed 2 hours, 40 minutes because of fog, and 45 players were unable to finish the round.