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Mickelsons Open struggles continue

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Sure, it's still early but it doesn't appear that Phil Mickelson's British Open record is going to hold another top-10 finish.

Lefty met with scribes on Tuesday and seemed in great spirits, saying that the Old Course was his favorite course on the Open rota. He felt that his preparation was good, that he had been hitting the ball well lately and that he would be able to contend this week. The No. 1 ranking is also up for grabs if he could claim the claret jug.

Through 16 holes Mickelson stands 2 over and is in a tie for 125th place, 11 shots off the lead. He's recorded 15 pars and a double bogey on the 13th hole.

Mickelson has played in 17 British Opens and only has one top-10 finish, which was a third-place at Royal Troon in 2004. This year, he'll have to play well to make the cut.