Mickelson predicts record round to come at PGA

Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:39pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson thinks a major championship record low round will be shot at Baltusrol Golf Club over the last two rounds of the PGA Championship and that someone might take it as low as 61.

Unheralded Robert Streb became the 28th player to match the record low of 63 at a major in Friday's second round on the rain-softened, par-70 layout to share the midway lead with fellow American Jimmy Walker at nine-under.

Mickelson shot 63 in the opening round of the British Open two weeks ago at Royal Troon, and Big Lefty was beaten in a sensational final-round duel there by Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who fired his own 63.

"I think that major record of 63 will be broken today or tomorrow," Mickelson told TNT after shooting 68 in the third round.

"I think there's a 61 or 62 out there because it's par 70, the greens are pristine – they're rolling beautifully – and they're soft.

"There's just a lot of birdie holes."

Mickelson, who won the 2005 PGA Championship in the last major contested at Baltusrol with a four-under total, said showers had changed the character of the course.

"The rain (Friday) really changed the way it's played," Mickelson said. "And it's taken a lot of the fire and the speed out of the greens and it's also softened the fairways to where balls stay in the fairways.   Continued...

Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Phil Mickelson reacts after a putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports