Mick­el­son strug­gles

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

ST. AN­DREWS, Scot­land — Phil Mick­el­son doesn’t have much to show for his day at the Bri­tish Open.

A string of pars. One dou­ble bo­gey. A few more pars. And, fi­nally, on the very last hole, his only birdie.

Lefty’s 1-over-par 73 Thurs­day put him 10 shots be­hind leader Rory McIlroy. Worse, there’s an en­tire Tour’s worth of folks be­tween him and McIlroy. The nor­mally af­fa­ble Mick­el­son was clearly miffed with his day, look­ing pained pretty much any time the cam­eras caught up with him and blow­ing off in­ter­view re­quests af­ter the round.

Mick­el­son said ear­lier this week he feels a “spir­i­tual” con­nec­tion with St. An­drews, re­garded as the birthplace of golf. The spir­its were not will­ing Thurs­day. He only man­aged par on the first 12 holes, then dou­ble­bo­geyed the 13th.

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