- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

TROON, Scotland (AP) - A look at the first round Thursday in the British Open at Royal Troon Golf Club (all times EDT):

LEADING: Phil Mickelson had a 16-foot birdie lip out on the final hole, giving him an 8-under 73. That tied a major championship record.

TRAILING: Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed were at 66.

LEFTY’S MARK: Mickelson became the 26th player to record a 63 in a major championship, and the ninth player at the British Open.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Of the seven previous players to open with a 63 in a major championship, only Jack Nicklaus (1980 U.S. Open) and Raymond Floyd (1982 PGA Championship) went on to win.

NOT SO FAB FOUR: The top four players in the world were a combined even par. Rory McIlroy shot 69, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson shot 71 and Jason Day had 73.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Louis Oosthuizen had a hole-in-one on the 14th hole.

KEY STATISTIC: Americans have won the last six times the British Open was at Royal Troon. Of the top 11 players on the leaderboard Thursday, eight were Americans.

NOTEWORTHY: Fifty players broke par in the opening round.

QUOTEWORTHY: “All those highlights, and I feel like crying.” - Phil Mickelson during a television interview that showed his birdies.

FRIDAY FORECAST: Rain with 20 mph wind, with a chance for brief clearing in the afternoon.

TELEVISION: Friday, Golf Channel (1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).

FEATURED GROUPS: 3:25 a.m. - Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els; 4:03 a.m. - Dustin Johnson, Russell Knox, Martin Kaymer; 9:04 a.m. - Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry; 9:26 a.m. Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day; 9:37 a.m. Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson.

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