British Open: Phil Mickelson nearly aces Royal Troon's 'Postage Stamp'

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Phil Mickelson is on fire at Royal Troon. The five-time major champ missed an ace at the famed "Postage Stamp" by 2 inches, setting up a birdie for an early five-stroke lead in Round 2.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, July 15, 2016 | 5:31 a.m.

One day removed from nearly setting a new major championship, 18-hole scoring record, Phil Mickelson is showing no signs of slowing down at Royal Troon in the 145th Open Championship.

Mickelson, who shot an 8-under 63 in Round 1 when his putt for a major-best 62 lipped out, jumped out to a five-stroke advantage early on Friday with birdies on three of his first eight holes to get to 11 under.

The five-time major winner's blitzing of the field early on has been thanks to shots like this one on the par-3 eighth hole, the "Postage Stamp" -- Royal Troon's signature hole and one of the most iconic holes in the game:

 

 

You can't get much closer to an ace without the ball dropping than that. Two. Inches.

And more good news for Mickelson: early indications suggest that he may be a luck of the draw beneficiary with his first and second round tee times. The weather is getting nasty in Scotland and it's expected to get worse as the day wears on. It would seem that all the stars could be aligning for Mickelson, who hasn't won a tournament since his 2013 victory in the Open.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.