Phil Mickelson to return to Scottish Open to defend title
Phil Mickelson poses with his wife Amy and children Evan, Amanda and Sophia at the 2013 Scottish Open (Getty Images).
Phil Mickelson said he will return to defend his Scottish Open title in the summer of 2014.
Most people remember Mickelson's dramatic win at the Open Championship at Muirfield, coming from five shots back on the final day, but he set the stage for that victory with his win the previous week at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, his first professional victory on a links course. Mickelson also turned the two events into a Griswolds-style "European Vacation," bringing his three children along to both events. PGA.com's T.J. Auclair has the details on Mickelson's 2014 return:
Late in 2013, Mickelson announced that he'd be cutting back his competitive schedule in an effort to be ready for the majors. One tournament that won't be cut, however, is the Scottish Open.
The 2014 Scottish Open will be held at Royal Aberdeen one week before the Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
"Winning the Scottish Open was a huge factor in my success the next week at the Open Championship," Mickelson said in a release. "I was able to acclimate myself to the time change, the weather, the wind, the links conditions and all in the heat of serious competition, which itself was a big added plus."