Phil's win in Scotland means momentum for British

Phil Mickelson has won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open following a dramatic climax to the day at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The American looked to have the tournament sown up, needing only a par down the 18th, but he fluffed his opportunity, taking three shots from the edge of the green, which meant Mickelson was forced into a playoff with South African Branden Grace.

Mickelson regained his composure on the first playoff hole, ironically the 18th again, and this time produced a perfect wedge shot to produce a birdie which Grace could not match.

Mickelson’s day did not get off to the best of starts, a double-bogey on the first hole too the American back down the leaderboard, and though he birdied the second he was in trouble again at the third with another bogey. But the left-hander showed his class and found form with birdies on 4,5 and 6 and followed them up with birdies on 11, 12 and 14, before the dramatic bogey at the last.

Mickelson and Grace finished the tournament on 17-under, two shots clear of Scandinavian duo JB Hansen and Henrik Stenson. Stenson was the overnight leader but could not repeat his earlier form and lost his chance of glory with a one over par 73.

posted at 15 Jul 2013 07:30:08



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