Rory McIlroy opens 6-shot lead

Defending champion Phil Mickelson was hoping to make a big push after shooting 70 on Friday. But Lefty made three bogeys on the front side and, even with a rally after the turn, still managed just a 71 that left him too far back.

He knew he should have done better.

"It's as easy as I have seen the course play," he said.

Coming off one of the worst Open rounds of his pro career, Woods teed off in the final group at No. 10, still clinging to the hope of mounting a Paul Lawrie-like comeback.

No chance. After birdies at his first two holes, Woods made a double bogey at the second -- his 11th hole of the day -- and a triple bogey at the seventh.

Clearly, Woods is nowhere close to being able to contend for his 15th major title in just his second tournament since coming back from back surgery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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