Can Lefty get it right on final day?

JUST BEHIND: Mickelson did not have his rhythm going in the third round but did enough to be just one stroke behind leader Stenson.


    Jul 18, 2016

    Can Lefty get it right on final day?


    MY PAPER readers will know this morning if Phil Mickelson managed to fulfil his dream of becoming the oldest winner of the British Open in the modern era.

    This, despite describing his third-round performance on Saturday as "terrible", "awful" and "jumpy".

    The 46-year-old American, nicknamed Lefty, started the day at the top of the leaderboard with a one-stroke advantage over playing partner Henrik Stenson.

    But he ended it one behind the Swede after returning a one-under 70 for an 11-under aggregate of 202.

    "The game of golf, it just comes and goes," Mickelson told reporters after another windswept day on the rugged links of Royal Troon.

    "I was off today, I didn't have my best stuff. I was a little bit jumpy and my rhythm wasn't very good."

    Mickelson, aiming to become the oldest Open champion since Tom Morris senior won at 46 in 1867, illustrated what he meant by offering a wayward two-iron off the tee at the 12th that finished just short of a gorse bush.

    "I got lucky the ball didn't go in the gorse," he said.

    "I got out of rhythm and it was tough to get back but I found a way to make a few good shots on the back nine to shoot even-par on a very difficult nine holes of golf."

    Mickelson and Stenson's duel on Saturday had millions of television viewers enthralled as the leadership changed hands throughout.

    The constant to-ing and fro-ing evoked memories of that special day at the 1977 Turnberry Open when Tom Watson edged out Jack Nicklaus in the so-called "Duel in the Sun".