The big finish: Minutes after
blowing a chance to win in
regulation there, Mickelson
takes aim at his second shot
on No. 18 in the playoff.
His birdie on the par 5
eliminated Branden Grace.
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On paper it will look like just another win, just another box ticked on a résumé that now includes 45 pro titles worldwide and, on the PGA Tour
alone, more than $71 million in prize money. But this one, this
victory at the Home of Golf in front of the game’s most knowl-
edgeable and demanding witnesses, was far more significant.
For Phil Mickelson, four-time major champion, nine-time
Ryder Cup player and now Aberdeen Asset Management
Scottish Open champ, this was something close to validation.