In typical Phil Mickelson fashion, his victory at the Scottish Open was nothing if not interesting. He once again almost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but this time “Lefty” was able to salvage a win in the European Tour event.
Mickelson’s one shot lead disappeared on the 72nd hole after a three-putt bogey moved him into a tie with Branden Grace. At that point there was really no telling whether Mickelson would rebound or completely collapse. It turns out that he was up to the challenge and defeated Grace on the first hole of the playoff. His tee shot wound up just short of the green and he hit a magnificent wedge shot that spun back within a foot of the cup.
No matter how well he’s playing it seems as if Mickelson rarely ever makes things easy on himself. He will be cruising along without a care in the world and then the bottom absolutely falls out from under him. At that point it’s a crap shoot whether or not he’ll recover.
His history at the British Open is unsurprisingly inconsistent but the win at Castle Stuart has definitely made him one of the people to beat at Muirfield this week. Mickelson is a notoriously streaky golfer and nothing is more indicative of the beginning of a hot streak than winning a tournament. The real question that hasn’t been answered yet is how long that streak will last.
Where do you think Mickelson will finish the Open Championship?