Phil Mickelson broke par in a major for the first time since winning last year's British Open. It was just what he needed to stay in the mix at this Open.

Typical of Mickelson, it wasn't easy Friday.

He missed a 4-foot putt after one of his best shots of the day. He then proceeded to bogey the next hole. He lost a tee shot on the par-5 10th hole, had to return to the tee and still made par by getting up-and-down with a 2-iron.

Mickelson wound up with a 2-under 70 to get back to even par for the championship. His only hope was for the wind to remain tough and for the leaders to not get too far ahead.