"These last couple tournaments, the British and here, have been atrocious", Mickelson said.
Then on No. 7, he posted an eagle for the only hole he didn't post a par on that side. With the cut line lurking dangerously nearby, he rallied with two birdies on his last three holes to finish his round at 2 over.
Kevin Kisner began his second round tied for the lead at this week's PGA Championship, and he quickly took it all for himself after his second round at Quail hollow. But just like anybody else, I've got to see who is playing well at the time.
American Kisner carded a second straight four-under 67 at Quail Hollow.
He started the day three shots behind Kisner, who extended that gap as one of the early starters.
Spieth also started on the 10th and covered the back nine in level par.
But he repaired most of the damage with birdies on the next two holes, courtesy of what he described as a "phenomenal" hybrid into the par-five seventh and a "fantastic" wedge to the eighth.
"I would love to be on it, but the way I'm playing - I've got to play better", Mickelson said. "It's much easier when you are on the front page of the leaderboard than it is coming from behind". If I play well in them and don't make it, I have a chance to be a (captain's) pick. I know he's struggling a little bit right now. Another wave of golfers teed off later on a steamy day.
"It was really the only option I had", McIlroy told the Golf Channel. "I can't putt any worse than I did today". "To be honest with you, I felt like crap".
"If I would have shot one over and didn't strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine". I hit a 6-iron thinking that I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes.
Olesen had only played 13 majors before this week, but was ninth in the Open in 2012 and finished sixth on his Masters debut the following year.
The four-time major victor then made birdies on the par-five seventh and the par-four eighth to all but secure his place for the weekend.
Kisner realised in his first two years on tour that he was not good enough to compete with the world's best, so he went back to the drawing board with coach John Tillery and focused on improving his long game.
"I had a good chance at the last for birdie and didn't quite convert".
Playing alongside McIlroy, Rickie Fowler recovered from a triple-bogey seven on the fifth to shoot two under par, with world number one Dustin Johnson a shot behind.
The grouping of Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker combined to shoot 23 over-par during the first two rounds.
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