Ten years ago, Phil Mickelson nearly won the British Open at Royal St. George’s, finishing runner-up to winner Darren Clarke.
After Thursday’s opening round at the same course, Mickelson is tied for last place, shooting a stunning 10-over-par 80, 16 shots out of the lead, and leaving himself with no realistic chance at making the cut to play the weekend.
Mickelson, 51, won the PGA Championship at age 50 to add a sixth career major championship to his brilliant resume, but his form hasn’t been close to the same since his magical week at Kiawah Island.
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Mickelson missed the cut at the Charles Schaub Challenge the week after the PGA, then tied for 61st at the Travelers Championship…