Stop streaking: Mickelson and Lehman's opposite streaks come to an end
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Stop streaking: Mickelson and Lehman’s opposite streaks come to an end

A nearly two-month streak of over-par rounds ended for Phil Mickelson on Friday in the second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Mickelson opened with a hole-out eagle at the par-4 10th on Castle Stuart to start his round, leading in to six other birdies and a round of 8-under 64 to get close to contention.

The round by the world No. 16 is his first under-par competitive round since May 20, when Mickelson closed with 4-under 66 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The 64 also ties his low round of the year, also carding it in at Pebble Beach in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

A continent away in Michigan, a much less dubious streak came to an end on Thursday. Tom Lehman had shot 12 consecutive Champions Tour rounds under 70, leaving him just one away from tying Hale Irwin's 1999 run for the record. Lehman was close to the 60s, but shot even-par 70 at Indianwood G&CC to open the U.S. Senior Open to end his streak and trail another Tom - Kite, that is - by five shots.

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