Phil Mickelson Avoids Letup and Holds Lead at British Open


Phil Mickelson hit out of a bunker on the 17th in the second round of the British Open on Friday.

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TROON, Scotland — After just missing history in the bright sunshine of early evening in the first round, Phil Mickelson continued his push for a second British Open title in a chilling rain on Friday morning, recording a two-under-par 69 to take the clubhouse lead at 10-under in the second round.

Unlike Thursday, when it was warm and the wind was little more than a soft breeze at Royal Troon, Friday was more in line with what is expected at the British Open: Many players teed off in rain pants, waterproof jackets and winter hats. Mickelson played much of his round with black wet-weather gloves on both hands.

Mickelson followed up his blistering opening round of 63 – his putt to become the first player to shoot 62 in a major tournament lipped out, brutally, on the 18th green – with a steady, smart approach to this links course on the west coast of Scotland. Mickelson, whose last win came three years ago at the British Open at…

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