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Phil Mickelson Ties Major Record After Shooting 63 at 2016 British Open

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2016

Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates and the crowd applaud after he made a birdie put on the 14th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Phil Mickelson's hot start at the British Open landed him in the record books Thursday with an eight-under round of 63.  

According to the PGA Tour, Lefty's dominant performance at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland, tied him for the lowest all-time score in a single major championship round.

Mickelson entered the clubhouse with a three-shot lead.

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Mickelson's birdie putt to close out his first round seemed ticketed for the bottom of the cup, but it lipped out and prevented him from setting the all-time record with a 62, as seen in this video from The Open:

The Open @TheOpen

Phil Mickelson came SO close to a low major score of 62 #TheOpen https://t.co/n91YpkelLG

Per Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel, the American had mixed emotions after the round:

Todd Lewis @ToddLewisGC

After missing putt for a 62 At @TheOpen Phil Mickelson said "I feel like I played one of the best rounds in my life but I feel like crying."

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a record-breaking 62, the 46-year-old veteran is in prime position to win his sixth career major.

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According to Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press, however, history isn't on his side:

Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405

Mickelson the 8th player to start a major with 63. Only two went on to win -- Nicklaus at Baltusrol (US Open), Floyd at Southern Hills (PGA)

Mickelson won his first and only Open Championship to date in 2013, and if he continues to play like he did Thursday, a second Claret Jug will likely join his collection.

The 2016 season has been a struggle for Mickelson, who has yet to win and missed the cut at both the Masters and U.S. Open, but his first-round performance suggests he is in top form and ready to make a run at the title.

   

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