Phil Mickelson has always held a tremendous flair for the dramatic. With the Open Championship at Muirfield beginning Thursday, Lefty has another chance this summer to make people take notice.
After Mickelson won the Scottish Open last week for his first victory in Europe since 1993, it seems pretty clear that there are only two potential outcomes this week: Phil will win the whole damn thing or miss the cut…again.
Mickelson has a horrible record at the Open Championship. He has just two top-five finishes in his career—third place in 2004 and tied for second in 2011—with four missed cuts in his 18 tournament entries and an average finish of 36th place in those in which he did make the cut, finishing 40th or worse six times (not counting amateur result). Even when Phil makes the cut, he is rarely at the top of the Open leaderboard.
Why would this year be any different? Well, maybe Phil is different.