- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

TROON, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson pointed his putter toward the hole and was ready to step right into major championship history Thursday in the British Open.

Instead, he endured another dose of heartache.

All because of a 63.

The 16-foot putt looked good until the last turn, catching the right side of the cup. The ball then rode the edge until it sat there on the other side of the hole. Mickelson plopped his hand on his forehead in disbelief. His caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, toppled onto his back.

“I want to cry,” Mickelson said.

No tears were necessary at Royal Troon, not after a round that was brilliant even by Lefty’s standards, and certainly not after building a three-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer on an ideal day by the Irish Sea.

Mickelson seized the moment with a birdie on the par-5 16th from a bunker short of the green, and a 4-iron to 15 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th to reach 8-under par. Over the last 43 years in the majors, there had been 27 rounds of 63. No one had shot 62.

Mickelson knew that. He also knew he most likely would never get a chance like this after his 6-iron settled 16 feet from the hole on No. 18.

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical,” he said. “I knew it, and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the center. I went to go get it. I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62. And then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. “Wow, that stings.”

MARATHON CLASSIC

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee and Japan’s Haru Nomura.

Celebrating her 21st birthday, Kim had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her second nine at rain-softened Highland Meadows. She won the season-opening event in the Bahamas for her third career title.

Nomura won the Women’s Australian Open in February for her first LPGA Tour title and took the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April in California.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the long-hitting Thai player who won three straight events in May, was a stroke back at 67 along with American Kelly Shon and France’s Celine Herbin.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied her final two holes to join second-ranked Brooke Henderson in the group at 68. Brittany Lang, coming off a playoff victory over Anna Nordqvist on Sunday in the U.S. Women’s Open, had a 70. Nordqvist also shot a 70.

BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Angel Cabrera and Jhonattan Vegas dominated the par-5 holes in steamy conditions to share the Barbasol Championship.

The 46-year-old Cabrera, from Argentina, eagled the par-5 13th on Grand National’s Lake Course, holing a 60-footer from the fringe, and birdied the two other par 5s in a bogey-free 6-under 65.

Cabrera, 2007 U.S. Open champion and 2009 Masters winner, is one of two major champions in the field at the PGA Tour event played opposite the British Open.

Vegas, from Venezuela, also eagled the 13th - making a 20-footer - and birdied the other par 5s in a bogey-free round. He won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his lone tour title.

Former Auburn player Blayne Barber was a stroke back at 66 along with Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Shawn Stefani, Matt Bettencourt, Michael Kim and Lucas Lee. Former Auburn player Michael Johnson shot a 67 in his pro debut.

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