Category: Scottish Open


November 27, 2013

Phil Mickelson to return to Scottish Open to defend title

Posted at 12:58 PM by Mike Walker

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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."

 

July 14, 2013

Mickelson wins Scottish Open in playoff for first UK victory

Posted at 2:45 PM by Mike Walker

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Phil Mickelson celebrates his Scottish Open win with his wife, Amy, and his children, Evan, Amanda and Sophia (Getty Images).

Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open in a playoff over Branden Grace on Sunday at Castle Stuart in Inverness, Scotland.

The final round was a roller-coaster even by the daring Mickelson's standards. Starting the day two shots behind, Henrik Stenson, Mickelson made a double-bogey on the first hole, then rallied with a barrage of birdies to take a one-shot lead over Grace to the par-5 18th hole, only to three-putt for bogey from less than 20 feet. Stenson shot 73 to finish T3.

On the first playoff hole -- the par-5 18th -- Mickelson pitched his third shot to inside six-inches for a tap-in birdie.

"I almost let it slip away but to come out on top feels terrific," Mickelson said.

Mickelson was using the tournament to hone his links game ahead of next week's British Open at Muirfield and he looks in great shape to challenge for a first claret jug and a fifth major title.

He should tee off on Thursday as No. 5 in the world and 500,000 pounds ($740,000) richer.

Mickelson and Grace shot 3-under 69s in the final round to finish on 17-under 271 and overhaul overnight leader Henrik Stenson, who bogeyed three of his last six holes for a tie for third with unheralded Dane J.B. Hansen on 15 under.

Mickelson had to dig deep to earn his first win on European soil since a capturing a title in Paris on the European Challenge Tour in 1993.

When Mickelson drove into the rough on the first hole, topped his second shot and then three-putted, he dropped four shots behind Stenson, who started in a manner befitting his nickname "The Iceman" in the toughest conditions of the week.

After three calm and sunny days, the wind had picked up off the Moray Firth coastline and made the Castle Stuart course much more challenging. Only five players shot lower than 70.

Mickelson was in more trouble when his chip from just off the third green came up short and rolled back down the hill to his feet. He was now five shots off the leader.

Urged on by a Scottish crowd that has really taken to the American -- a long-time supporter of this tournament and a lover of Scotland and its links courses -- he birdied the next three holes and then picked up shots at Nos. 11, 12 and 14 to take the sole lead, after briefly sharing it with Stenson and Hansen.

See photos from Mickelson's Scottish Open win.

With the two Scandinavians dropping shots coming home, Grace became Mickelson closest challenger, but the American only needed to par the 72nd for victory.

He reached the green serenely in three but slid a putt five feet by the hole, and again back up.

"I was so mad at myself after mentally losing my focus," said Mickelson, who embraced his family before returning back up the 18th hole where he was forced to wait to tee off again after organizers had removed the tee markers, clearly confident Mickelson would finish the job the first time around.

Mickelson held his nerve in the playoff, though, with his approach shot bringing roars of approval from fans in the grandstands.

"The people here in Scotland have treated us so well," he said. "I've really enjoyed my time here."

He now hopes to take his form into Muirfield.

"Although I did a lot of things well, I have certainly things to work on," he added. "Today was great for us to have this type of weather."

The win at Castle Stuart comes on the eve of the British Open, which starts Thursday at Muirfield in Scotland. Mickelson has never won the British Open, although he finished second in 2011.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

July 08, 2012

Report: Phil Mickelson granted late entry to play Scottish Open this week

Posted at 9:50 PM by Golf.com

Phil-MickelsonScottish Open organizers received an unexpected phone call last weekend, and a boost to their event. Scotsman.com reports that Phil Mickelson asked for, and was granted, late entry into this week's field.

Mickelson missed the cut last week at the Greenbrier Classic, and he is looking to tune up his game for the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, which begins July 19.

“We got a phone call last night from Phil’s management company saying he’d very much like to play at Castle Stuart,” Scottish Open tournament director Peter Adams told Scotland on Sunday last night. “They asked if we had any invitations left and we did. All the parties on the invitation committee were obviously unanimously in favour of Phil getting an invitation and he is a terrific addition to the field.”

Mickelson has been a regular Scottish Open supporter over the past decade and came close to claiming the title at Loch Lomond in 2007, when he lost to Frenchman Gregory Havret in a play-off.

Last year he shot rounds of 73, 67 and 69 to finish in a tie for 58th.

- Complete Coverage: The 2012 British Open

(Photo: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)





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