Prior to the opening round of the Scottish Open, defending champion Phil Mickelson maintained that he wanted to see true Scottish conditions, with blustery winds and horizontal rain.
Perhaps that explains why he posted a 3-under 68 in tough conditions during Thursday’s opening round, but produced just a 2-over 73 in a more benign setting during Friday’s second round.
For the day, Mickelson posted three birdies, but also had three bogeys and a double bogey to fall well outside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
His statistics were ultimately pedestrian, too. He found just 8-of-14 fairways, 9-of-18 greens in regulation and needed 27 total putts.
The biggest difference between the two rounds came in his scrambling. He got up and down every time he missed a green on Thursday, but was just 5-for-9 in scrambling on Friday afternoon.