There he sat in the interview room, moments after logging disappointing, back-to-back rounds. Phil Mickelson had shot a combined four over par on Friday and Saturday. He was two over for the tournament. While still in contention due to Muirfield’s difficult playing conditions, Mickelson winning his first ever British Open was an afterthought. Entering Sunday’s round, he trailed by five strokes.
ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi concluded Saturday evening’s interview by asking Phil what he thought it would take to win on Sunday. Phil boldly stated he thought a score of even par would win the tournament. Rinaldi second-guessed him considering the golfers that were ahead of him at the time. Those included leader Lee Westwood, Masters Champion Adam Scott and his arch-nemesis, Tiger Woods. Phil said if he could shoot a round in the sixties on Sunday, he’d leave himself a good chance to win the Claret Jug.
Truer words have never been spoken.