SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | The good news for Phil Mickelson is he made a birdie at Royal Birkdale on Friday – actually four of them – after not making a birdie in the first round of the Open Championship.
The bad news is Mickelson tacked on a second-round 77 to his opening 73 and missed his first cut of the year.
“I missed it with flair,” Mickelson said, the disappointment evident on his face.
The blustery conditions didn’t help. With winds gusting to 30 mph and whipping uncertainty into the equation, Mickelson surrendered the fight over the closing holes Friday.
“It’s just one of those things where if it starts going bad in these conditions, it’s just going to go bad. It’s not that big a deal,” said Mickelson, whose second-round struggles began with a triple bogey at the third hole.
Having missed the U.S. Open last month to attend his daughter’s high school graduation, Mickelson chose not to play the Scottish Open as part of his Open Championship prep work. It was also his first major championship without longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag, replaced by Mickelson’s brother, Tim.
“What Tim did was kept it fun,” Mickelson said. “We made the best of it. We all go through days like this and it’s part of the game.
“I don’t want to put too much stock in it because I’ve really been hitting the ball well and playing well. Rather than dwell on two rough days here, I’ll go back home and get ready for (the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship).”
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