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Open runner-up Phil Mickelson misses half-way cut 'with flair'

 

By Phil Casey

Phil Mickelson's search for a first victory since the 2013 Open Championship continues after the five-time major winner missed the halfway cut "with flair" at Royal Birkdale.

Mickelson, who was runner-up to Henrik Stenson last year after a thrilling duel at Royal Troon, carded four birdies, eight bogeys and a triple bogey in a second round of 77, which left him 10-over par.

"It's just one of those things where if it starts going bad in these conditions, it's just going to go bad," said Mickelson, who made just one par in a back nine of 40.

"It's not that big a deal. Unfortunately it's the first cut I've missed this year and I missed it with flair.

"I was surprised because I really thought Thursday I was prepared. I felt like I was ready. I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp, but obviously it wasn't. I've got this week off and I'll see if I can get it sharp for Akron (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and the (US) PGA," he said.

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