TROON, Scotland — Phil Mickelson continued on his merry way around jolly old Royal Troon on Friday, bothered ever so slightly on occasion by the rain, cool temperatures and biting winds that arrived off the Firth of Clyde.
A day after basking in sunlight and coming within a whisker of shooting the first 62 in major championship history, Lefty looked all right as he nearly made an ace on the Postage Stamp and kept his lead in the 145th British Open.
With his putting stroke on point, his irons dialed in and his driver giving way to a 2-iron, the five-time major champion, who last tasted victory when he won the Claret Jug in the 2013 Open at Muirfield, put a 2-under-par 69 next to his 63 and moved to 10 under through 36 holes.
LEADERBOARD: Round 2 at the British Open
Dressed in black from head to toe and wearing two gloves, Mickelson offset his first two bogeys in the championship with four birdies, one coming from about an inch away on the 123-yard 8th hole known as the Postage Stamp.