TROON, Scotland — Two things Phil Mickelson absolutely had to do Friday after shooting 63, and nearly 62, in the first round of the Open Championship: keep his head on his shoulders, and keep his hat on his head.
The first took experience. The second took a metal paper clip. And not just a small one, but one of those bulldog jobs that hold 20-page briefs together. Mr. Blackwell would not have approved.
“I had to do it last week (at the Scottish Open),” Mickelson said, sheepishly, “so yeah. I know it looks terrible, but it is what it is. I know.”
Either Lefty’s head has gotten smaller (doubtful) or his hat is the wrong size, but either way, in the intermittent heavy rain and…