GULLANE, Scotland – The roars stopped for Phil Mickelson on the 16th hole when, out of the blue, his putting stroke failed him.
A four-putt, three of which came from inside 4 feet, sent him tumbling over par for the first time in 34 holes of the British Open. As he strolled up to the 17th fairway, after a perfect tee shot, the crowd watched in stunned silence, in a pall really, not knowing what to do. Eventually it managed a few claps, one "Go Phil," as the normally jovial Mickelson sauntered by staring at the ground.
To that point, it had been a grueling, but effective second round for Mickelson. He sat 1-under par, only one stroke back of where he started Friday and just three back of then-leader Zach Johnson. A par at 16, then birdie at the next hole, a reachable-in-two par-5, would move him into a tie with Tiger Woods and in the middle of the hunt.
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