A new day, new weather and old challenge for Mickelson

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Royal Troon doesn’t look anything like Phil Mickelson remembers from his near-historic opening round in the British Open.

Some 12 hours after Mickelson opened with a record-tying 63 for a three-shot lead, the sky was lead gray instead of blue. The sun was nowhere to be found. Most significantly, the wind was blowing from an entirely different direction.

And yes, rain was in the forecast.

Mickelson, who narrowly missed a 62 when his birdie putt on the last hole dipped out of the cup, played in the morning when the rain and wind were expected. Mickelson said he looks forward to the weather challenge, and that’s why he comes over to the Scottish Open a week early.

Martin Kaymer of Germany also plays in the morning.

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