Mickelson Maintains Open Lead At 10 Under Par !
Phil Mickelson shot a second round 69 that included 4 birdies at Royal Troon to be -10 after an amazing 63 in the first round. Mickelson had a difficult task on his hands and made the most of favourable morning weather conditions.
Henrik Stenson, who shot the low round of the day with 65, said: “I just wanted to turn things around,” was 1 shot behind at -9 and showed his intention early, making three straight birdies from 3 through 5 and added another on 7. He dropped a shot on 9 and made birdies on 10, 13 and 16 to get within 1 of Mickelson.
Soren Kjeldsen and Bradley Keegan, 2011 US PGA Champion, both shot 68 and were two shots behind at -7 with defending champion Zach Johnson 2 more shots back at -5.
Mickelson, who is much more confident with his links golf said: “I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday. I played kind of stress-free golf again. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Sergio Garcia, Andrew Johnston and Charl Schwartzel were in the group at -4, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Martin Kaymer who said “I played very calm” a shot further back after playing in more difficult conditions of heavy rain and strong winds.
Rory McIlroy who shot a second round of 71 to finish at -2 is well positioned.
Royal Troon Golf Club are the owners of what are considered to be the oldest set of golf clubs in the world at six hundred years old, dating back to the reign of King James II. The World Golf Hall of Fame offered Royal Troon £2.3m for the eight clubs in 1999, but the members politely declined their offer.