TROON, Scotland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):
Phil Mickelson arrives at Royal Troon to a familiar question: What will he do next?
He became the eighth player to begin a major championship with a 63, and Mickelson said it's never easy to follow that up the next day. History would agree. Of the seven previous players to open with a 63 in a major, only two of them managed to break par the next day. Greg Norman shot 69 in the second round of the 1996 Masters, and Raymond Floyd also shot 69 in the second round of the 1982 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
Only one other person has opened with a 63 at the British Open. That was Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews in 2010 in calm conditions. Weather arrived the next day in the form of strong wind, and McIlroy shot 80.
Royal Troon doesn't look anything like Phil Mickelson remembers from his near-historic opening round in the British Open.
Some 12 hours after Mickelson opened with a record-tying 63 for a three-shot lead, the sky was lead gray instead of blue. The sun was nowhere to be found. Most significantly, the wind was blowing from an entirely different direction.
And yes, rain was in the forecast.
Mickelson, who narrowly missed a 62 when his birdie putt on the last hole dipped out of the cup, played in the morning when the rain and wind were expected. Mickelson said he looks forward to the weather challenge, and that's why he comes over to the Scottish Open a week early.
Martin Kaymer of Germany also plays in the morning.