As comparisons go, Phil Mickelson is to European golf as what Andy Roddick is to clay. At first glance, you'd think both Phil and Andy could handle playing their games in different conditions, but you'd soon find out they can't.
Lefty hasn't won an event in Europe since 1993 and even that was a Challenge Tour event in France. This week at the Scottish Open, Phil was doing his usual prep work for the British Open, an event he's only had one top 10. Once again, it didn't work out.
Phil missed the cut by a shot at Loch Lomond, mainly because of a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 18th, a hole he birdied in the previous round. Mickelson hit two drives into the water before finally finding the fairway. He eventually found his second ball plugged in mud near the bank of the water, but he couldn't play it because he failed to announce the third tee shot was a provisional.
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Mickelson tried to recover after that, making two birdies on his second nine, but it wasn't enough. His second-round 74 was just enough to join big names like Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer and Y.E. Yang outside the cut line.
"It wasn’t too bad of a day except for two swings," Mickelson said. "Those four penalty strokes hurt the round quite a bit."
Lefty's plans now are to head over to St. Andrews early for some preparation for next week's British Open. In the two previous Opens at the Old Course, Phil finished tied for 60th and tied for 11th, his second-best showing in the only major outside the United States.
- Andy Roddick