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Mickelson celebrates birthday with 71

Updated: June 16, 2012, 10:25 PM ET
By Farrell Evans

SAN FRANCISCO -- After battling for his second straight 1-over-par 71, Phil Mickelson was greeted with a Happy Birthday serenade on the 18th hole.

"Yeah, it's a long, difficult day, even though it's my birthday," Mickelson said. "And it was very flattering of the fans, thank you."

At 8-over par, the 41-year-old Hall of Famer probably played himself out of the tournament on Thursday with a 76. At this point in his life, he would cherish more than anything U.S. Open and British ...

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