Phil Mickelson Enjoyed His Time with Claret Jug, Used It to Drink $40,000 Wine

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

Phil Mickelson of the United States holds up the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Drinking out a trophy is nothing new for athletes, but when Phil Mickelson does it, he goes all out.

Lefty won The Open Championship in 2013, so he has been able to relax with the Claret Jug—the trophy given to the winner of the tournament—for the past year. Based on what he said, he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the trophy.

Mickelson told The Scotsman some of the things that he has done with the trophy over the past year:

I've loved having the Jug with me for the last 12 months. The people who know and love the game get a big kick out of it. They really appreciate what it means to hold such a famous trophy. And drink out of it. I only let them drink the good stuff of course. There's been nothing in there that is sub-par. But the best was a 1990 bottle of Romanee Conti wine. It wasn't on my dime thankfully. It costs about $40,000.

He drank a $40,000 wine out of the trophy? That's living the good life.

Mickelson could probably afford that drink. After all, he won $1.4 million for winning the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.

[h/t CBS Sports]