Mickelson left with work to do
Phil Mickelson missed out on a trip to the Vatican to play in the Scottish Open today, but might need some help from above to win after an opening 73 left him 11 behind Francesco Molinari.
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Not that the three-time Masters champion is waiting for divine intervention.
"I think everybody is looked on equally and you have to make your own destiny," said Mickelson, who left his family in Italy because he felt the need to play more before going to Royal Lytham for next week's Open Championship.
The 42-year-old, joint runner-up behind Darren Clarke at Sandwich last summer, began well enough with two birdies in his first three holes.
But his problems of late resurfaced with three bogeys and also a seven at the long 12th, where he went through the fairway into a hazard and only then realised that hitting driver was the wrong decision.
Mickelson made the decision to seek an invitation to the event after missing the halfway cut in America last Friday.
"The last two months I've played very poorly (he was only 65th at the US Open and withdrew from the Memorial) and I added this week because I need to play a bit more," he said.
At one over, the same as playing partner Paul Lawrie, Mickelson is well outside the top 100 going into the second round.
Only the top 65 and ties make it through the 36-hole cut.