Phil Mickelson's British Open performance up with greatest all-time

Phil Mickelson celebrates as he holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open at Muirfield in...

Phil Mickelson celebrates as he holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland, July 21, 2013. (TOBY MELVILLE/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - Phil Mickelson has played some spectacular golf in his career.

He’s been in the hot spotlight coming down the stretch in a major.

But what he did Sunday was good enough, special enough, to put him in the conversation about some of the great stretches of golf in the history of the professional majors.

Muirfield was a beast for the 142nd British Open Championship, lengthened for the test and baked out to the consistency of concrete by an abnormally hot and dry stretch of weather in East Lothian.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which oversees the setup of the championship, listened to the players complaints about rock-hard green and tough hole positions after Thursday’s opening round and Mickelson was one of the most vocal critics.

The conditions changed over the course of the week and Mickelson, nurturing a secret putting key which has given him confidence and swagger on the greens, looked the guy who was best able to cope with adjusting to the changing pace.


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