Mickelson trails by one at Scottish Open
LUSS, Scotland (AP) Gregory Havret and Jose Manuel Lara shared a one-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson Friday, while Colin Montgomerie missed the cut at the Scottish Open.
Havret birdied five holes on the back nine for a 64. Lara had an eagle and two birdies on his last six holes for a 65. They finished at 10-under 132.
Montgomerie, who won the European Open on Sunday, shot a 3-over 74, missing the cut the week before the British Open for the first time in his career.
"I just didn't putt well today," Montgomerie said. "I hit 27 out of 28 fairways (over two days). That proves it's a putting competition and I just didn't putt well. There's nothing wrong with my game. I just don't get the ball in the hole the way I should."
Montgomerie said he would go home to London for the weekend before heading to the British Open at Carnoustie on Tuesday.
Ernie Els tied for seventh after shooting a 66. Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez and David Howell also missed the cut.
Mickelson finished his round in heavy rain but felt he had missed a chance earlier to post a better score.
"I didn't feel all that great today," he said. "I was fighting it on the tee and fighting it with the putter, but I got away with a couple of bad shots that stayed in play."
He did not have a bogey on the back nine. His only bogey came earlier, at the long sixth hole.
Mickelson had shared the first-round lead with Graeme Storm, Soren Hansen and Lee Westwood, who shot 72, 73 and 74 respectively, on Friday.