British OpenJuly 12, 2015

Phil Mickelson went back to Muirfield to relive Open win

GULLANE, Scotland -- Two years on from his win in the Open Championship at Muirfield, Phil Mickelson has this week been back in Gullane - albeit at the other end of the village - competing in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. And, on the eve of his final round of 68, he took the opportunity to make a nostalgic visit to the scene of his fifth major championship victory.

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Joined by his wife, Amy, his caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, his manager, Steve Loy and a bottle of wine, Mickelson spent 90 minutes reminiscing at the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

"Since I turned professional, I've had the same wife, caddie and manager," he said. "Those three people are amongst the most important in my life. The four of us went to Muirfield and just walked around.

"The membership was so great because no one came out with us. They let us have our moment. We spent about and hour and a half remembering what took place two years ago. It was probably the most special victory of my career. So to re-live it with those three people was very emotional. We probably could have used another bottle, if I'm honest.

"Two years removed from that win, I still can't believe how much it means to me. Standing on and around the 18th green was wonderful. I didn't hit the most critical shot there, but the emotions were running high. And I remembered that. It was a special moment. It even rained a bit, which was perfect."

The only surprise? That even one of the Honourable Company's all-male membership was in attendance on a Saturday evening in July.

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