GULLANE, Scotland — The pain of yet another excruciating loss at the U.S. Open has faded, replaced now by the euphoria of his first win in Europe in 20 years.
Phil Mickelson’s summer has been a lot like his career, and the roller coaster shows no signs of slowing down.
He’s here with what he believes may be his best chance to win a British Open, though that’s nothing new. Mickelson always believes, even when the drives are going sideways and the 3-footers are lipping out.
But he won the Scottish Open on Sunday and that was a big boost for a player who hasn’t had much success on this side of the pond. And he did it in typical Mickelson fashion, winning in a playoff after blowing his first chance to win with a cringe-inducing three-putt on the final hole of regulation.
He’s not terribly worried about his game at the Muirfield links. Not with a new putting technique he prefers to keep secret — this is Phil Mickelson, of course — and a 3-wood he can control better than any driver.
What does worry him is his luck, important in any golf tournament but especially critical in links golf.
“It’s part of the tournament here,” Mickelson said. “You need an element of luck, but you also need to play some great golf. These last few months I’ve played well enough to get in contention and play well, but I do need some luck.”
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