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After rounds of 70 and 69, Phil Mickelson says it's fun to be in contention. And though wind and rain are predicted for at least part of the weekend, Mickelson says he's actually looking forward to dealing with the harsh conditions.

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Unlike in the past, Phil Mickelson now believes he has the shots to help him thrive in the rough weather expected for the weekend. (Getty Images)

SANDWICH, England (PA Sport) -- Phil Mickelson has echoed the sentiments of Darren Clarke as he prepares for a testing third round in the Open Championship on Saturday.

Mickelson, 41, is handily placed at 1 under par after adding a second-round 69 to his opening 70 and, like Clarke, he is looking forward to the forecast wind and rain.

"It's fun to be in contention heading into the weekend of the British," said Mickelson, whose best Open finish was third at Troon in 2004.

"One of the things I'm looking forward to is actually the bad weather,” he added. “I hope that it comes in and that we get faced with that.

“Historically I have not played great in windy conditions and rain, but I welcome the challenge,” he explained. "I'm looking forward to that challenge and I'm hoping I've got the shots now to be effective in it.

"Everybody is going to have to play in it, and the fact that everybody is going to have to play in it just means that you can make up ground with pars rather than have to make birdies."