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Phil Mickelson Struggles in British Open Tuneup

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Phil Mickelson hitting on the 18th hole during the first round of the Scottish Open. He finished with a four-over-par 76 in windy conditions.

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Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar made it through blustery conditions and shot three-under-par 69 to share the lead Thursday after the first round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in Inverness.

The five-time major champion Phil Mickelson was not so fortunate. Despite winning the last time the Scottish Open was held in Inverness, he struggled to make putts and took three bogeys on par 5s on his way to a 76. His next task will be making the cut.

“The greens weren’t overly fast to where balls were rolling when you were putting,” Mickelson said. “They were very fair. I thought it was a fair test. A score around par would have been a good score. I felt like I gave three or four shots away on the greens that could have put me at a score around par.”

Only 20 players managed to break par. Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington were among those at 70, while Branden Grace and Andy Sullivan were in…

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