Mickelson extends Open advantage


Phil Mickelson cast aside the disappointment of Thursday's close brush with history as he extended his lead at The Open to five strokes.

The American - who started the day three shots clear - came within millimetres of shooting the first 62 at a major in the first round, seeing his birdie putt at the 18th skirt the cup.

He spoke afterwards of how that near-miss would "sting for a while", but was quick to get going again in Friday's second round at Royal Troon - moving to 11 under.

The five-time major winner took advantage of teeing off before the forecast rain, completing the front nine in 33.

As in his opening round, one of his birdies came at the Postage Stamp eighth hole, where he has now twice come close to an ace.

His nearest rivals as he made the turn - just after the heavens opened - were Soren Kjeldsen and Henrik Stenson, sitting five shots back.

Reigning champion Zach Johnson carded two birdies, two pars and a bogey in his first five holes to join Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed at five under.

Reed, who had led for much of the opening day, was among the afternoon starters on Friday, along with the likes of Rory McIlroy (-2) and Jordan Spieth (E).