TROON, Scotland (AP) – Phil Mickelson barely missed setting the record for a lowest score in the majors.
The 2013 champ did set a course record with an 8-under 63 at Royal Troon to top the leaderboard in the opening round of the British Open.
It was the 28th round of 63 at a major and ninth in the Open Championship.
Mickelson’s 16-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 62, caught the lip and rode the edge of the cup without dropping.
Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed are tied for second, three shots off the pace.
Defending champ Zach Johnson tops a group with 67s.
Former champ Rory McIlroy opened with a 69 and Jordan Spieth turned in a 71.