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A new day, new weather and old challenge for Mickelson

  • Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates and the crowd applaud after he made a birdie put on the 14th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates and the crowd applaud after he made a birdie put on the 14th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phil Mickelson of the United States smiles as he walks down the 17th fairway during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Phil Mickelson of the United States smiles as he walks down the 17th fairway during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Martin Kaymer of Germany, left and Dustin Johnson of the United States look down the 15th fairway from the tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Martin Kaymer of Germany, left and Dustin Johnson of the United States look down the 15th fairway from the tee during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

Royal Troon doesn't look anything like Phil Mickelson remembers from his near-historic opening round in the British Open.

Some 12 hours after Mickelson opened with a record-tying 63 for a three-shot lead, the sky was lead gray instead of blue. The sun was nowhere to be found. Most significantly, the wind was blowing from an entirely different direction.

And yes, rain was in the forecast.

Mickelson, who narrowly missed a 62 when his birdie putt on the last hole dipped out of the cup, played in the morning when the rain and wind were expected. Mickelson said he looks forward to the weather challenge, and that's why he comes over to the Scottish Open a week early.

Martin Kaymer of Germany also plays in the morning.