Mickelson slides to 78 on Friday, misses Open Championship cut
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Mickelson slides to 78 on Friday, misses Open Championship cut

For the first time since the 2007 Open Championship, Phil Mickelson will miss the cut in a major championship.

Mickelson shot 8-over 78 on Friday at Royal Lytham and St. Annes to finish at 11 over and well beyond the projected cut line.

"I don't know what to say right now," Mickelson said. "I've got a way to go. The last two months have been pretty poor play so I'm a little frustrated. The scores are really far off. I don't know what to say."

The left-hander, who finished joint runner-up a year ago at Royal St. Georges, made just a lone birdie on the round. He had three double bogeys, including two in a row at Nos. 13 and 14, as well as three bogeys, including one last dropped shot at the 18th.

This is the first time since 1994 Mickelson has missed an Open Championship cut at a venue other than Carnoustie, where he failed to reach the weekend in 1999 and 2007. Mickelson posted his highest two-round total there in '99, shooting 155. His 151 this week eclipses his 6-over 148 total in missing the cut there again in 2007.

That year, Mickelson also missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

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