Lefty on top: Mickelson maintains lead on rainy day at Troon

He made his first bogey of the tournament at the 12th, birdied the 14th and made bogey at the 15th before finishing with consecutive pars. He almost lost another.

Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley each made it to seven under before slipping back, the former dropping four shots in two holes at the start of the inward nine. "So anything around even par right there this afternoon was a decent score".

"I felt like I shot a low-career round out there today with just how tough the conditions were", Day said. Then I was hanging on for dear life on 11 and 12 really.

McIlroy got within five shots of the lead until the weather and a few bad shots gobbled him up, and the four-time major champion dropped four shots in five holes.

Having barely made the cut, Jordan Spieth moaned about "sheets of water moving sideways" as he stood at the 16th tee. "I don't have another 50 goes at them". However, day two was full of rain, cold and whipping winds, and much higher scores.

"It was ridiculous", said Justin Rose, who struggled to a 77 after shooting 68 the first day.

Ernie Els (+5), Paul Casey (+9) and Danny Lee are among those who couldn't conquer Royal Troon and will miss the cut.

Henrik Stenson, one of the more talented players on Phil's side of the draw, did start to make a run at the lead late in the round, getting to 9-under with two to play.

McIlroy, who complained about links golf after playing in story weather at Royal St. George's five years ago, has come to grips with the capriciousness of the British Open.

"You've got to understand that some people get lucky, some people get unlucky", said Day, the world's top-ranked player and one of only four golfers to break par in the afternoon. The 14th is a par three, and he parked his ball on the green and drained the putt to retrieve the shot he had dropped on the 12th. The 39-year-old American wound up shooting 83 in his second round and was 18 over par. So this is far from the runaway that it looked like at about, oh, 5:30 a.m. this morning back in the United States. At least 84 people were killed.

Dustin Johnson of the United States plays off the 9th tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon Scotland Thursday

"This is where it really kind of turned for me", he said.

Sordet used a blue marker to write the words "Pray For Nice" on his cap for his second round.

But inside, Phil Mickelson was smiling.

Mickelson's round began in drier and calmer conditions than had been forecast but the rain began to fall heavily by mid-morning.

The French flag was at half-staff after the carnage in Nice, casting a somber mood on the second round of the British Open.

Phil Mickelson was at 10-under after two rounds of the Open Championship.

Rose managed to make it to the weekend with a couple of shots to spare.

Can Mickelson hold on to win a second Claret Jug and a sixth major championship overall?

Mickelson was the eighth player to open a major with a 63. One was Raymond Floyd, who went on to a wire-to-wire victory at Southern Hills in the 1982 PGA Championship.

"The course we've played compared to the one they've played on the other side of the draw is a totally different golf course". Weather arrived the next day in the form of strong wind, and McIlroy shot 80. On the ninth hole, he had his caddie hold the umbrella over his ball on a 10-foot par putt, walking away at the last minute to watch his boss roll in into the cup, like he's been doing all week.

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