It’s The Open week and Phil Mickelson looks will attempt to become a two-time champion. Phil won the 142nd Open Championship back in 2013 with a stellar final round when he made four birdies on his last six holes to shoot 66 and win the title. It was a memorable win for Lefty.
“I needed to bring it,” Phil said at the time after the victory. “This is the best I have ever putted. Today will be one of the most memorable rounds I have ever played. It’s probably the greatest and most difficult win of my career. It is great to be part of any Open Championship and to win at Muirfield feels amazing.”
The big win came in his 20th Open Championship start and it was also the fifth major win of his career. The other four? Three Masters (2004, 2006, 2010) and a PGA Championship (2005). Phil came close to winning The Open again in 2016 where he almost recorded a 62 and the lowest round in major championship history. Lefty finished T2 and settled for a 63 becoming the 26th player to go that low and that grand of a stage.
Phil played some of his best golf to win this tournament back in 2013, and he will need to rekindle some of that magic this Thursday at Royal Portrush to add a sixth Major and second title at The Open.
Mickelson said on Sunday via social media that he went on a six-day fast in which he lost 15 pounds to try and prepare himself for the rigors of another major championship week.
“The last 10 days I’ve done what I call a hard reset to change and try to make things better. I’ve lost 15 pounds. I’ve done a six-day fast with water and a special coffee blend for wellness and went on a bit of a retreat. … I don’t know if it’s going to help me play better, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to try to get my best back.”
Let’s get real for a minute. I haven’t been my best and I’m doing all I can to get it right. I’ll have more Phireside chats soon as well as a fun new series too. Until then, HIT 💣’s pic.twitter.com/QrqUpThEeV
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) July 14, 2019