Golf: Mickelson targets Open win after Scotland success

Phil Mickelson on Open Championship after winning Scottish Open

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Phil Mickelson set his sights on winning the Open Championship at Muirfield after claiming Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

The American defeated the South African Branden Grace in a play-off to claim his first ever individual victory in Britain, but he very nearly threw it all away.

Mickelson just needed two putts for victory on the 72nd hole but charged his birdie attempt four feet past and then missed the return to finish tied on 17 under with Grace.

However, Mickelson got himself together when they returned to the 18th to play the first extra hole and his birdie four could not be matched by Grace who could only manage a par.

Mickelson was understandably delighted with the win and believes it will give him plenty of confidence going into the Open this week, even if there are still things to work on.

“I certainly hope so,” he responded when asked if he could follow up the win with victory at Muirfield.

“I don’t think there is a better way to get ready for a major championship than playing the week before and getting into contention, and coming out on top just gives me more confidence.

“But there’s a lot of luck involved in the Open. You need some luck with your tee times, you need to play well and have some good bounces.

“This really was valuable (preparation), not only for the things I did well but because I have a few things I need to work on.”

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