Scottish Open: Phil Mickelson admits victory is ideal preparation for Open Championship
Last Updated: July 18, 2013 9:24am
Phil Mickelson ended a 21 year wait for a victory on British soil by winning The Scottish Open.
Phil Mickelson expressed his delight at winning his first regular European Tour event and then admitted he was looking to add the Open Championship to his Scottish Open victory next week.
The 43-year-old overcame a potentially disastrous three-putt bogey at his last hole to beat Branden Grace in a play-off at Castle Stuart on Sunday.
Afterwards Mickelson was able to joke about his error, but insisted the week as a whole had been the ideal preparation for the third major of the season which takes place at Muirfield next week.
"This is really cool," the American told Sky Sports. "I have been coming here for some time and had some opportunities and I almost let it slip away today. To come out on top was terrific. It's very special for me to have some success over here.
"It's been the biggest challenge of my career, adapting to links-style golf and this was a great challenge in the final round in some difficult conditions. I played some good golf to come out on top and this is really fulfilling and special.
"I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus that I came out on that 18th pretty focused to make a four. (But) nobody likes a movie that's predictable. You always want to have a little bit of suspense."
Asked if it was possible to win back-to-back events and lift the Claret Jug for the first time next week, Mickelson added: "I certainly hope so. 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.
"Today was a great day to have this type of weather because the first three days were very benign. I am anticipating this type of weather next week and if we get it, this week is going to be very important."