Phil Mickelson Wins the Scottish Open In Self-Inflicted Dramatic Fashion #Mickelsonian

As if we needed further proof that Phil Mickelson is the most exciting player to watch in golf, we were treated to the finale of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Sunday.  

Following exceptionally solid ball-striking particularly off the tee all week, Phil found himself with a one stroke lead coming down the stretch.  Phil couldn’t convert on birdie opportunities on holes 15 or 16, but after an impressive par save on the long par 3 17th it was seemingly a formality that he’d be hoisting his first trophy on European soil since 1993.

Needing just a par on the 607 yard par 5 18th hole, Phil faced a 25-footer for birdie after his approach shot.  The first putt was raced well by and the comeback putt burned the edge, meaning back to the 18th tee for a playoff. Wait a tic, hall-of-famers like Phil don’t three putt like that from 25 feet, but then again Phil isn’t your typical HOFer.

In the playoff with fellow Callaway staffer Branden Grace, and after coming up just short of the green in two shots, Phil was left with a pitch shot of 30 yards or so where he was blind to the pin.  As he was about to address the shot, I remember openly saying in my living room that I wouldn’t be surprised if he nearly holed it…and sure enough, he nearly did.  The kick-in birdie proved to be enough for the victory as Grace failed to convert his 25 foot birdie putt.

The only other time Phil was victorious in Europe was for a European Challenge Tour victory in Paris in 1993 when that hair mop of his was much more clean cut.  So yeah, let’s just go ahead and call this Phil’s first victory in Europe.

It was all the more fitting that a high-timer like Phil won the first ever European Tour event broadcast on network TV in the U.S.  Something tells me it won’t be the last one…

Overall, it was a definite patented Mickelson-ian victory as we’ve come to just expect from Lefty.  Next week is the British Open at Muirfield where we have to ask- what will Phil do next?

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

 

 

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