Phil Mickelson carded a two-under-par 69 at Royal Troon Golf Club on Friday to remain in the lead at the 145th Open Championship.
The American equalled the low round record of 63 at a major during the first round. He backed up the score with a 69 on Friday that got him into the clubhouse on 10-under-par for the tournament.
Mickelson won The Open at Muirfield in 2013 and has four more majors to his name. This week at Troon he’s made himself the man to beat at the halfway stage.
The wet conditions of the second round did little to upset his charge, which began with a three-under-par front nine that included a tap-in birdie at the eighth hole.
He dropped shots at the 12th and 15th, but limited the damage by making a birdie at the 14th on his way to a round of two-under-par.
Charl Schwartzel led the South African charge with a round of 66 on Friday that put the 2011 Masters champ into a share of seventh on four-under-par for the tournament.