After winning the Scottish Open last weekend, many were wondering which Phil Mickelson would show up to the 2013 British Open. Mickelson answered those question during his first round play. The confident Lefty showed up, and it seems like he could be around through the weekend.
Mickelson’s strong and fast start at 2-under 69 has put him near the top of the leaderboard. Currently, he trails Zach Johnson by three strokes. On the 18, Mickelson three-putted for one of his two bogeys on the day, but overall he felt he played a good round.
“I played well,” Mickelson said to CBS Sports. “I had a spurt there in the middle of the round where I had some technical difficulties and hit some poor shots but was able to make pars and then turn it around. I kind of keyed in on it after the par [at] 13. And from there on in, I hit a couple of good shots and made a couple of birdies coming in.”
His first round play looks to mirror his second-place finish at the 2011 Open Championship rather than his poor 2012 Open Championship performance, where he missed the cut with an 11-over.
For now, a confident Mickelson has shown up at the Open Championship and for Lefty’s sake, it will stick around rather than make way for the Mickelson from the 2013 U.S. Open, who collapsed in the final round and finished second. Unlike some players in the field, his first round play has not sunk his chances of winning.