It all started in the opening round.
Phil Mickelson was dialed in. Playing nearly flawless golf from tee to green, and making seemingly every putt, Lefty had a putt for birdie on 18 to shoot 62.
It lipped out, the first ever round of 62 in a major was gone, but Mickelson’s confidence was back.
Mickelson won The Open Championship Sunday at Royal Troon, winning a two man duel with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson by shots.
The win was Phil’s first in 66 worldwide events since he won the Claret Jug at Muirfield in 2013.
Pretty impressive for a guy who had a lackluster track record in the British just five years ago.
Mickelson once said he wasn’t sure he had the game to win The Open Championship, despite having the creativity and short game prowess it takes to win at links golf.
Obviously, Phil was wrong.
The win is the sixth major title for Mickelson, who had zero before his breakthrough victory at Augusta in 2004.
Always a popular winner, Mickelson has proven you can still win majors after 40 (he’s 46).
He’s already in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
And if Phil hadn’t played in the Tiger Woods era of dominance for a decade, he’d probably have ten majors.
As it stands, Phil is tied for 12th on the all-time majors list with Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo.
Pretty select company for a guy who was once wondering if he’d ever win one of golf’s big four events.
The only thing left for Lefty to put on his resume is a win at the US Open, which would give him the career grand slam.
Phil may have played second fiddle to Tiger throughout much of his career, but one thing’s for sure, when he’s on his game he still makes some pretty sweet music.
It’s always fun to take on occasional dive into the Mickelson mosh pit.