Jun 14, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA; Phil Mickelson tees off on the 4th hole during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club - #2 Course. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson Opens "Path" of Defense in Scotland

Phil Mickelson, who has yet to record a top-10 finish this season on the PGA Tour, opened his title defense at the Scottish Open posting an opening round 3-under, 68 at Royal Aberdeen. Four shots off the lead of Rory McIlroy, who also set the course record with his 64.

Mickelson who won the now infamous ‘UK Double’ last season spawned a trend this year for the majority of top players to head overseas to tee it up in both the Scottish Open and The Open Championship after seeing him win both events in consecutive weeks in 2013.

Although his game to this point in the season may not be what we are accustomed to seeing from Mickelson. He is still one of the most exciting players to watch on Tour and you never know what shot he will try and pull off during a round.

In round one, Mickelson found his ball coming to rest on a cart path at the par-4, 13th. Instead of taking relief from the path, Mickeslon elected to hit his wedge right off the pavement to — Well, watch the video courtesy of Golf Channel to see the results.

He would of course go on to make the birdie putt and finish his round at 3-under, four strokes of the lead of McIlroy.

This may not be the most conventional way to play No. 13, though with Mickelson, nothing is ever conventional and this sort of shot seems to be his bread and butter.

It may be just the spark his game needed to get into gear and make a late season charge.

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