British Open
July 16, 2015

Phil Mickelson wants gale-force winds for his enemies Friday afternoon

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- It's a shame that Phil Mickelson doesn't play a team sport like basketball, because based on his penchant for psychological dominance, he'd probably work the refs like a champion. After posting a two-under 70 Thursday, a round that included a brilliant 64-degree wedge from a downhill lie that set up a birdie on the 18th, he hit the flash area and immediately transitioned into what I'm calling "influence mode." After an enthusiastic endorsement of both the course and links golf, he got down to business.