Phil Mickelson fired a two under par 70 on Friday at the 2014 Open Championship, and is back to where he began on Thursday morning. Even par. With the projected cut now two over par at Royal Liverpool, the 2013 champ should be able to defend his title, and play the weekend.
The five-time major champ had an exciting front nine with a couple of bogeys at three and eight, but it was the eagle at the fifth hole that made his day, and his round.
The back nine was pretty average, but a birdie at 18 would put the aging super-star in the clubhouse at even par.
It been a rough year for Phil Mickelson on the golf course, with no top ten’s on the PGA Tour. He has always been a grip-it-and-rip-it type of player, but his short game, and putter have always been around to bail him out of trouble, not this year.
He will drain a 35-foot putt one minute, and miss a tap-in the next. He has not yet qualified for the FedEx Cup, and is in danger of missing the Ryder Cup in this 2014 season. He is currently ranked 13th in the world, and 97th in the FedEx Cup.
The afternoon session at Hoylake is featuring Rory McIlroy with the Molinari brothers, and Sergio Garcia. McIlroy is eight under at this writing and South African, George Cotzee is in the clubhouse at five under par