The 2013 Open Championship – part two

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“That was probably the best round of my career”Phil Mickelson after winning the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield

By Ian Hardie

You may have worked out that I wrote the post The 2013 Open Championship

After the third round had been played

At which point Lee Westwood was in the lead

And it was looking like any one of the golfers that were within 6 shots of the lead

Still had a chance to win the 2013 Open and hoist the ‘Claret Jug’

Well, it was to me anyway

Most people would have thought the challenge would have come from the closest three

Which were Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Hunter Mahan

But as you may recall

The main point that I stated in the post

‘Was that even though logic would dictate that the winner

Would have been the golfer that was able

To plot their ball around the rough links terrain

In the tricky conditions the best’

I also stated that I didn’t think that this Open was going to unfold like that

I thought that the eventual winner

‘Was going to be the golfer who was able to not do something

That almost every other golfer had been doing for the first three days

Which was compounding errors when they got themselves into trouble around the course’

I do need to admit though that I was wrong with one thing

As I stated that it was possible that the winner of The 2013 Open Championship

May not play that well in the final round

Phil Mickelson’s 66 was clearly a great round

One of the best final rounds in a major ever some are saying

Why am I writing about it you may ask?

In The 2013 Open Championship post

I made the statement

‘What the winner won’t be doing though

Is compounding errors when they get into trouble

Which they invariably will somewhere during the final round’

I went on to say that

‘The winner will be the golfer that takes the smart option

Out of whatever spot they find themselves

Then calmly plays to the next best spot

Resulting in them minimizing ‘the damage’

Allowing them to maintaining their score or even the lead’

And guess what?

After making birdies on 13 and 14

To get to 1-under for the tournament

Then making a 2 putt par on the 15th

On the 16th hole in the final round

Phil Mickelson hit a near perfect tee shot

That ended up running off the green

Leaving him a treacherous up and down

To enable him to save par

Which is exactly what Phil Mickelson did

I think the reason he was able to do it was that

Instead of reacting to that difficult situation

With the attitude that he ‘must make a par’

And trying to ‘force it to happen’

He calmly selected the easiest option

That would give him an opportunity to have a putt for par

But at worst would still give him a bogey

Keep his momentum going

And the chance to still win the Open

Either that or he had been really paying attention to his outstanding DVD

Phil Mickelson’s: Secrets of the short game

As you will no doubt know by now he went on to win

By making two exceptional birdies on the last two holes

Which I am sure were fuelled by the calm way that Phil Mickelson

Reacted to his situation on the 16th hole at Muirfield

By choosing the smart option and not compounding his error

Which you could argue was actually a ‘bad break’ from the tee shot

In a desperate attempt ‘to save par’

Which is what almost all the other golfers around him were doing during that final round

I expect thinking like that is why he’s won 42 events on the PGA Tour

Which now includes his fifth and possibly his most cherished

The 2013 Open Championship

Now that’s someone we can really learn something from

Play well

 

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