ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Phil Mickelson salvaged a not-so-great first round with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Lefty is desperately trying to make something happen at the Open Championship, the one major where he has struggled most. However, not much went right on Thursday.
Mickelson made 12 consecutive pars to begin his round then was stung by a double bogey on the par-4 13th hole. He then made par on the next four holes, then made birdie from 8 feet on the home hole to shoot 1-over 73. The score puts Mickelson 10 shots behind leader Rory McIlroy and into a tie for 97th place, although that number will change by the end of the day as several players still remain on the course.
This is the 18th British Open that Mickelson has played in and he only has one top-10 finish. That came at Royal Troon in 2004 when he finished third. At this point, a missed cut seems more likely than a top-10 finish.