British Open 2016: Phil Mickelson keeps lead during mid indicate (photos)

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson has scarcely all going his proceed during this British Open. He has control of his shots and a moody of his turn in a breeze and rain. He has a lowest 36-hole sum during Royal Troon. He even held a mangle with a weather, his black sleet fit entrance in accessible usually over his final 10 holes Friday.

The usually thing he couldn’t do was shake Henrik Stenson.

Mickelson did his partial in breeze and sleet that was entrance and going all day. He followed his record-tying 63 with 4 some-more birdies in a turn of 2-under 69, and he stretched his lead to as many as 5 shots until creation his initial spook of a British Open on his 30th hole.

Stenson picked adult 3 discerning birdies before a sleet showed up, and managed a few some-more during lulls in a weather. He had a 65, his best ever in a British Open, and goes into a weekend usually one shot behind.

“I was 5 behind of Phil from yesterday, so of march we was anticipating to benefit a little,” Stenson said. “And a proceed it incited out, we gained utterly a lot. It’s still early in a tournament, though. We’re usually median through. But so far, so good. I’m happy with a proceed we played a course. It’s not easy out there.”

Mickelson was one of 8 players who have shot 63 in a opening turn of a major, and he became usually a third of them to follow that with another turn underneath par. He finished it demeanour easy, generally with an proceed from a ideal angle to 3 feet on No. 7, and a crowd that spun behind toward a hole on a par-3 eighth and stopped a distance of a few genuine postage stamps from going in for an ace.

“I suspicion it was a good turn to behind adult a low turn yesterday,” Mickelson said. “I played kind of stress-free golf again. we finished one or dual bad swings that led to bogeys. But for a many part, kept a turn in play.”

He was during 10-under 132, one improved than a 36-hole measure of Darren Clarke in 1997 and Bobby Clampett in 1982 during Royal Troon.

The inlet of links golf, and this championship, is removing a good side of a tee times. Mickelson was dripping when he walked off a course, yet he still was on a good finish of a draw.

The tip 14 on a leaderboard all played Friday morning.

Of a 20 players who pennyless par, all though 4 of them went off in a morning and during slightest had a widen of decent weather.

Former PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark both shot 68 and were during 7-under 135, 3 shots off a lead. Defending champion Zach Johnson bogeyed a 18th hole for a second true day and shot 70. He was 5 shots behind. Sergio Garcia (70) and Charl Schwartzel (66) were in a organisation that was 6 shots behind.

Jordan Spieth? He was propitious to still be playing.

Spieth battled by a misfortune of a elements to play a final 6 holes in even standard for a 75 to finish during 4-over 146. Two hours before he finished, that looked as if it would acquire him a outing behind to Texas. Instead, he finished a cut on a number.

“It’s tough when we all comprehend before we go out that you’re kind of what would be a bad finish of a pull before we even play your second round,” Spieth said.

The good news for Spieth? At slightest it didn’t matter for him. He pronounced he competence have felt opposite if he were 3 or 4 under.

“But during 4-over par, my diversion is not vital championship-winning size those initial dual rounds,” he said. “It usually finished it flattering engaging and indeed rather shaken on a final five, 6 holes since I’d unequivocally like to play a weekend.”

Rory McIlroy got within 5 shots of a lead until a continue and a few bad shots gobbled him up, and a four-time vital champion forsaken 4 shots in 5 holes. He had to settle for an even-par 71 and was 8 shots behind, along with U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (69).

Jason Day, a world’s No. 1 player, had a 70 and was among 3 players who pennyless standard in a afternoon.

“I felt like we shot a low-career turn out there currently with usually how tough a conditions were,” Day said.

Mickelson’s finished his initial spook when he pulled an iron off a tee into a rough, blank a gorse brush by about dual paces. He forsaken another shot on a 15th when he pulled his expostulate into a severe and couldn’t strech a green. Those were a mistakes, equivalent by a 25-foot birdie putt on a 14th hole when he played his tee shot off a behind side of a fort and let it feed toward a hole.

He looked like a links dilettante a proceed he used a ground. Then again, his name is on a china claret jug for a reason.

And he wouldn’t mind saying it there again.

“I don’t feel a vigour like substantially a lot of players do to try to win a claret jug since I’ve already won it,” he said. “The enterprise to constraint that claret jug puts a lot of vigour on. The fact I’ve finished it relieves some of that. we would adore to supplement to it, though carrying already finished that was big.”

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