Mickelson makes cut despite horror start, McIlroy misses it

Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:01am EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke.

Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street.

"Just a total mental block on that first hole. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.

"I think in the history of the PGA Championship, that's the worst start of any player's round. I'd have to look that up."

Mickelson looked stunned as he trudged to the second tee but settled down and had only one further blemish, a bogey at the 16th, before closing with a birdie at the par-five 18th to make the cut with nothing to spare.

"I was able to fight back and be patient, start to make a birdie here or there," the British Open runner-up said after shooting a 70 for one-over 141, 10 strokes behind leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

"I actually hit a lot of good shots and missed on a lot good opportunities in the middle of the round."

McIlroy, who played with Mickelson, messed up the final hole to miss the cut for the first time in eight starts at the PGA Championship.

"I've hit the ball really well this week and I'm walking away not playing the weekend. It's really disheartening," said the world number four.   Continued...

Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Phil Mickelson reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports