TROON, Scotland — On Friday, the British Open finally got started. Or at least the British Open many American fans love to watch. Rain, wind and cold greeted players and spectators at Royal Troon, testing the patience of everyone walking the Scottish links during the second round of the 145th Open.
Even with the day being so vastly different weather-wise than Thursday, the same name is atop the leader board: Phil Mickelson. The 46-year-old backed up his opening 63 with a two-under 69, a round he suggested was nearly as satisfying as the record-breaker he posted the day before.
On site in Troon, I discuss with my fellow Golf Digest editors Alex Myers and Stephen Hennessey what to make of Mickelson’s play thus far and whether he can go wire-to-wire to win his second claret jug.
Also up for debate: If not Phil, then who will it be holding the claret jug come Sunday? Can Henrik Stenson finally break through and claim his first major title or is time slowly passing him by? Which player down the leader board is best suited to make a run on Saturday? Could it be Rory McIlroy? Who is the feel-good story of the Open so far? And are Andrew (Beef) Johnson and Boo Weekley actually long-lost twins that were separated at birth?
We answer these questions—as well as talk about the fashion benefits of binder clips—in the latest Golf Digest Podcast: