Phil Mickelson dominates Royal Troon

FILE - In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Phil Mickelson reacts after making double bogey on the 17th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. The Securities And Exchange Commission is filing a complaint against Mickelson related to insider trading. The SEC says in 2012, high-profile sports bettor Billy Walters called Mickelson, who owed him money, and urged him to trade Dean Foods stock. The SEC says Mickelson did so the next day and made a profit of $931,000. The SEC says Walters received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from former Dean Foods director Thomas Davis between 2008 and 2012. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

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.

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