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.