Mickelson leads Open Championship by a stroke

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TROON, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson is two rounds away from his sixth major championship and second British Open title.

Mickelson followed Thursday's record-tying 63 with a 2-under 69 that gives him a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson at the midway point of the Open at Royal Troon. Mickelson carded his first two bogeys of the tournament, but he also had four birdies for a 10-under total. His 132 total is a 36-hole scoring record for Royal Troon.

Mickelson took advantage of an early tee time that allowed him to avoid the breezy conditions that kicked up in the afternoon. He led by five shots before his bogeys on Nos. 12 and 15. He nearly aced the famous "Postage Stamp," his ball rolling right up next to the cup at the 123-yard eighth hole for a tap-in birdie.

At 46, Lefty is bidding to become the oldest British Open champion.

Stenson put together an impressive 65 that included four birdies during a five-hole stretch on the front nine. He made up four strokes on Mickelson and will be paired with the 2013 Open champion on Saturday if the leaderboard holds up.

American Keegan Bradley is tied for third with Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen at 7 under.



 
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