Opening Round Update – Royal & Ancient – 145th Open Championship – Royal Troon – Scotland –
Just when you thought maybe, just maybe, Phil Mickelson’s days as a real major championship threat were over, Lefty turns up his game and turns back the clock.
The 46-year-old World Golf Hall of Fame member rallied in the opening round at the 145th Open Championship with a bogey-free 8-under-63. Mickelson missed a putt on his final hole for a 62, which would have been the lowest major championship round in history.
Mickelson’s 8-under tally at Royal Troon sets him up nicely through 18 holes. The 35-to-1 underdog this week at www.skybet.com leads by three shots heading into Friday.
Former U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer is tied for second with Patrick Reed after carding 66s. A host of players – eight in all – are T-3 at 4-under including past major champions Keegan Bradley and defending Open champ Zach Johnson.
Steve Stricker and former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel are also at 4-under as American-born players stuff the Top 25 after one round.
Some 50 players managed to break par at Royal Troon Thursday. Headliners Jason Day (73 and T-94) and Dustin Johnson (T-51 at even par) struggled a bit. DJ has 10 Top 10s this season on the PGA Tour and is coming off his U.S. Open victory and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win.
Other Golf News:
- International stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose shot 3-under-68s at Royal Troon and sit T-12 and eight back of Mickelson.
- Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera is in the mix at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship. Cab opened as a better-than 66-1 long shot. He shot 65 in the opening round.
- Three at tied at 5-under through round one at the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic in Ohio. Haru Nomura, a two-time winner on
tour this season, is among the leaders. Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson are T-7 at the moment two shots back. She opened as a 25-1 betting selection.