Defending champion Phil Mickelson got off to a less-than-ideal start, posting a 2-over 74. He has been able to open an Open Championship with a round in the 60s on just three occasions (21 starts).
Mickelson is making his 88th start in a Major Championship this week, with just nine missed cuts. Since 2000, he has four only missed cuts in majors (2007 U.S. Open, 2007 & 2012 Open Championship, 2014 Masters).
Mickelson comes into the week remaining in search of his season’s first top 10. He has never previously made it in a season to The Open Championship with fewer than three top-10 finishes already under his belt. Of the 18 years in which he has played The Open Championship as a professional, he has averaged nearly six top-10 finishes a year before the third major of the season.
Mickelson is seeking to become the seventh player with consecutive Open Championship victories since 1951: Padraig Harrington (2007-08), Tiger Woods (2005-06), Tom Watson (1982-83), Lee Trevino (1971-72), Arnold Palmer (1961-62) and Peter Thomson (1954-56). Sixteen players have performed the feat throughout Open history.