I think it’s finally safe to say that Phil Mickelson can, in fact, succeed in events that take place outside of the United States. He seems to have figured out the key to links golf. Mickelson became the 2013 British Open Champion thanks, in part, to an incredible final round 66 during which he birdied four of the final six holes. This victory comes directly on the heels of his win at the Scottish Open last week. I guess the choice to come over early and play that event to prep for the Open Championship was a pretty good idea, after all.
“I’ve had some of the best golf I’ve ever played today,” he told ESPN after the round. “It will be one of the most memorable rounds of golf I’ve ever played.” It could very well one of the most memorable rounds in recent major championship history. It’s gotta be hard to crack the list of most memorable rounds in Mickelson’s career, but I can definitely see why this one makes the cut.
He played a decent front nine and two under par proceeded to bogey number 10. After a few pars, he went on a birdie streak that got him to three under par after 72 holes. That score was more than enough to secure the victory for Mickelson. “It’s probably the most fulfilling moment of my career,” Mickelson said in his speech after accepting the Claret Jug.
He has now won three of the four major championships in professional golf. “And if six seconds counted as a win, I’d have all four,” Phil said, speaking of his history at the U.S. Open.
Well done, Phil. Well done indeed.