Phil Mickelson bogeyed the 18th hole on Sunday afternoon at The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to fall into a tie with South African, Branden Grace, but was able to get his first win at a European Tour event since 1993. Michelson played well all week at Castle Stuart, and was able to get his first win of his career on British soil.
Phil had an up and down day, but was able to recover from a double bogey he picked up straight out of the gate at the first hole. He managed four birdies and a bogey at the third hole. He made the turn at one under par, and heated up on the back until he three putted the 18th for his lone bogey on the back.
That bogey matched Branden Grace’s 69 on the day, and 271 on the week, and forced the playoff where Lefty was able to prevail. Mickelson provided the drama in the Scottish afternoon with first the bogey at 18, and a near chip-in on the first playoff hole. No matter how you add it up, Phil gets his eighth pure European Tour win.
Phil Mickelson is currently ranked number 8 in Official World Golf Rankings, and with this win, should move up when the rankings are re-calculated on Monday. Now it’s on to Muirfield, and The Open Championship where pre-tournament activities get underway tomorrow morning. Mickelson has had three top 20 finishes at the Scottish Open, and none have ever translated to a top ten finish at The Open Championship.
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