Mickelson fails to capitalize on ‘beautiful scoring conditions’
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


You never know what you are going to get at The Open Championship. Instead of dodging difficult course conditions, the players have been treated to a damp, windless day, and many of the players are taking advantage of Hoylake. Phil Mickelson went out in the first group, and was disappointed with a score of one-under 71.

Lefty said, “We had fun, but all three of us were frustrated. We had beautiful scoring conditions. First group off and, you know, if we could have shot 7, 8, 9-under par, it probably was out there. It was as easy as I’ve seen the course play. We could have made some noise.”

Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner played alongside Phil. Bradley managed a score of three-under 69, and Dufner had a rough day at two-over 74.

Mickelson is at one-under total, and feels he let the tournament slip away. “I’m frustrated because I’ve thrown so many shots away each round. I feel like I’m playing a lot better than what I’m scoring, and that’s frustrating me.”

He also had some nice words to say about Rickie Fowler, who is at 6-under through 13, and tied with Rory at 12-under total.

“He’s hitting the ball longer than I’ve ever seen him hit it, and he’s hitting more iron shots to gimme length ever, every time I play with him.”

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–Bernie D’Amato