Staff and wire report
HUMBLE, Texas -- Former Kent State University standout Ben Curtis is in contention after the first round of the Houston Open, firing a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to sit just two strokes off the lead.
Phil Mickelson is also among the leaders after shooting a bogey-free 4-under par 68 in his opening round of the Houston Open, showing no effects of the muscle pull that forced him to withdraw from last week's Texas Open.
The five-time major winner, who practiced at Augusta National for two days this week in advance of the Masters, is three shots back of leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman -- both who shot 7-under 65.
Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar lead a group of five golfers at 6-under after Thursday's play.
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, playing in the afternoon on the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, finished with a 2-under 70-- five shots back of the lead.
World No. 10 Dustin Johnson withdrew after an 8-over 80.