His curling 15-foot putt for birdie circled the hole on 18 before settling just outside it. A disbelieving Mickelson clasped his hand to his mouth in anguish.
"It was one of the best rounds I've ever played and yet I want to shed a tear right now", said the 46-year-old American.
"That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical". "I'm not really going to stray too far away from that. I've been here 11 days and I've never seen a day like this when the wind was calm and the sun was out". "I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62, and then I had the heartbreak that I didn't". His caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, was so stunned that he fell over backward. "When I found out I got in here, I'm thinking, 'Hmmmm, that's kind of interesting.' It was exactly what I needed. I don't know if you know this". Spieth was heard uttering rare words - "I can't buy a putt" - on his way to a 71, while Day made it three straight majors as the No. 1 player in which he failed to break par in the opening round. The putt tracked perfectly, then, in the final foot, veered to the right for a lip-out. "The opportunity to shoot 62 and be the first one to do it, I just don't think that's going to come around again".
"I thought it was just going to be right of it, and next thing I just saw it up against the flag and obviously the crowd going insane", he said later.
As it happens, I had a five-minute chat with Rory on Tuesday evening, as he accepted an award at the annual dinner of the Association of Golf Writers.
"And I hit it there". "There's a lot of guys that have shot 63, but nobody has shot that 62".
"I didn't realise until I got in that he'd gone to eight under". "You come over here and like last week when I was over, when we were driving from the golf course from the hotel there's just a lot of farmland, a lot of sceneries, you see the water to the left, the farms to the right and it's just a two-lane road going in and out", Reed said.
"But if I can somehow make a positive change in the world by what I do on the golf course, whether that means raise money for charity or give kids more of a chance in life growing up". It was the sort of benign conditions that they're used to though. We had the most awesome weather.
The last six editions of golf's oldest major played at Troon have been won by men from the States, with the opening five hours of play hinting that theme may continue. I've been very fortunate to do what I've done in golf and I feel like I've used that success in a positive way.
Heavy rain and winds as strong as 25-30 miles per hour range are to hit for Round 2, and the short-sleeved lads who feasted on the benevolent conditions to take it low on Thursday are apt to be swaddled in layers and waterproofs, leaning into the gale and just trying to hold position by this time Friday evening.
While many players, including the top ranked golfers Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, have cited the adverse effects a possible Zika infection could have on their developing families, others have been quick to dismiss golf's Olympic legitimacy.