The veteran American golfer Phil Mickelson hasn’t had much success over the years at The Open Championship, having had just two finishes in the top 10 in his 17 appearances at the event.
However, as he embarks on his preparatory mission ahead of the Scottish Open, the first European Tour event to be telecast live in the United States of America, Lefty stated that he is feeling rather cautiously optimistic about his chances this year at Muirfield.
Speaking to Sky Sports as he was preparing to take to the course for a practice session, the legendary American golfer stated that he hasn’t played the gold he is capable of, his best game at the event. However, he also added that it is time to play that golf now; adding that it is the time to shoot the scores as well as hit the shots that he has spent the last twenty years working on. Phil Mickelson added that he believes that over the last eight or nine years, he has started to play the game a lot better, but admitted that the Scottish Open provides still a chance for him.
The last time he found himself close to winning the title at the event was back in 2011 when he finished at the event at T – 2, just three shots behind the eventual winner Darren Clarke. In spite of hovering around the top of the leader board for much of the final round, Lefty blew his chance when he hit four bogeys in his last eight shots.
Phil Mickelson mentioned that he is always cautiously optimistic; adding that the British Open is one of his favorite events because it has challenged him to the limit but also admitted that one needs a bit of luck to succeed on the course.