The 2016 British Open at Royal Troon , Day 2

Jul 15, 2016 by Scott Ross

(Friday at 1:30am ET on The Golf Channel)

Henrik Stenson followed up an opening round 68 with an even better performance, finishing Round 2 with a blistering 65, the best score of the day, carding 7 birdies to just 1 bogey. But as good as he was, he wasn’t good enough to catch leader Phil Mickelson, as Old Lefty finished the day with a 2-under 69, putting him at -10 through two rounds, just a stroke ahead of Stenson. Mickelson, who won the Open in 2013, came within a fews short inches of acing “The Postage Stamp,” the 123-yard 8th hole, as his tee shot bit the green, and rolled slowly back, before coming to rest just short of the pin.

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The 2016 British Open at Royal Troon

Jul 13, 2016 by Scott Ross

Zach Johnson will be back at the Open to defend his title, a year after winning a 3-way, 4-hole playoff to win the famed Claret Jug with a 15-under 273. This will be the ninth Open set at Royal Troon, the legendary course set on Scotland’s west coast, whose mix of winds, rugged terrain and golf-ball swallowing flora have vexed aspiring champions for decades.

Royal Troon, which is hosting its first Open since 2004, has undergone mostly minor changes, though there was an effort to return 9, 10 and 15 to their original configurations. The course this year plays at 7190 yards and is a par 71.

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