• Mickelson maintains lead after second-round 69 at Troon

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    Phil Mickelson  AFP PHOTO

    Phil Mickelson
    AFP PHOTO

    TROON, United Kingdom: Phil Mickelson held his lead at the British Open on Friday after a second-round 69 left him at 10 under par heading into the weekend.

    The American followed his flawless opening 63 with a slightly patchy round in sodden conditions at Royal Troon, sinking four birdies but also having two bogeys on the back nine.

    The 2013 Open champion’s score may well be enough for him to take the lead into the weekend, although Sweden’s Henrik Stenson was five-under for the day and eight-under altogether after the 15th.

    In the clubhouse, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen was seven-under after an admirable three-under-par round of 68 that included three birdies and no bogeys.

    Reigning champion Zach Johnson, four-under overnight, had moved to seven under par overall after a birdie at 13 but then dropped back a shot after a bogey at 15.

    AFP

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