TROON, Scotland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):
Phil Mickelson almost aced the “Postage Stamp,” made his first bogeys of the week, and shot 2-under 69 to stay out in front at rainy Royal Troon.
Mickelson walked off the 18th green at 10 under and with a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who had three holes left in his second round. After making the turn in 33, Mickelson led by five shots but the 46-year-old American bogeyed Nos. 12 and 15.
Among the highlights of Mickelson’s second round was his tee shot on No. 8, the famous par-3 nicknamed the “Postage Stamp,” that rolled to within inches of the cup for a birdie.
Mickelson was the eighth player to open a major with a 63. Of that eight, he was only the third to break par in his next round.
Ben Curtis visited three separate bunkers and came away with an ugly 10 at the third hole at Royal Troon.
All in all, the 2003 champion at Royal St. George’s had six shots in the sand, starting with taking three to get out of a fairway bunker after pushing his tee shot left. His fifth shot found the front-left greenside bunker. He took two shots to get the ball out,…