Star Watch: Phil Mickelson provides early morning entertainment

Phil Mickelson was in full Phil Mickelson mode on Friday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson was in full Phil Mickelson mode on Friday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)

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I have no idea how it happened, but somehow Phil Mickelson shot a 70 in the second round of the 2014 British Open.

Mickelson was all over the park -- in the brush, off the grandstands, in backyards -- and somehow pieced together a round of 2 under to get back to even par for the week, which should be pretty decent after what figures to be a rough day weather-wise at Hoylake.

"It was a crazy round," Mickelson told ESPN. "I played really well and I had a couple of loose strokes."

It certainly was a crazy round as Mickelson made an eagle, a birdie, two bogeys, and the nuttiest par you'll ever see in his first 10 holes.

Here's a look at his card:

Phil sounded up after his round, though and part of that is because he was under par on a day when a lot of folks won't be.

He wants the course to get worse, too.

Yes, worse.

"It's supposed to get ugly tomorrow and if it does I have a great chance," said Mickelson. Right now I have more control of the golf ball than I've ever had."


Mickelson might not win back-to-back Opens but surely he'll provide more entertainment than everybody else combined.

Adam Scott (3 under): The Australian had a round getting a little out of control before he went birdie-birdie in the last two holes to keep it at 1 over for the second round and 3 under for the tournament.

He also noted the tough conditions:

Bubba Watson (4 over): Bubba whined (sort of) about the media coverage of him but he hung in with an even-par 72 that will likely get him to the weekend. Quirk of Bubba's week: 34 both days on the front nine and 80 combined on the back.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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