Phil Mickelson bounces back with second round 70
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


After an opening 74, which included hitting his second shot out of bounds on the final hole, Phil Mickelson was in danger of missing the cut. Lefty put those concerns to rest with a second round 70, which has him at level par for the championship.

Phil said, “I played really well today, but there were a couple of loose shots. The drive on 10, the missed putt on 7 ended up costing me another one on 8. And I ended up giving four or five shots away, but I played really well. Shot 2-under. There was like a mental barrier to get it back to even par, so that putt on 18 was big.”

Mickelson had some ups and downs in the second round. He lost his ball on the par-5 tenth hole, but made a par after hitting his second ball to six-feet from 217 yards with a 2-iron.

Phil went birdie, eagle on 4 and 5 after a bogey on the third hole. He made the turn at one-under after a bogey on 8. The par save on 10 was the first of eight straight pars on the back nine before a birdie on the 18th for a two-under 70.

With McIlroy distancing himself from the field, it will be difficult for Mickelson to get back into contention. However, you never know at The Open Championship.

“I have a feeling that the conditions are supposed to get softer this afternoon. And if that’s the case, I’ll be quite a ways back. But tomorrow when the conditions come in, there’s going to be a lot of scores that go 5, 6, 7-over par. If I can shoot something under par, I’ll be right in it for Sunday.”

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–Bernie D’Amato