Posted July 17, 2012 on AP on Fox

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 06: Phil Mickelson of the USA watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club on November 6, 2009 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist He is one of those guys people have in mind when they say ''so-and-so leads a charmed existence.'' Phil Mickelson might have argued that point not too long ago, at least where the British Open was involved. But no more. As if Mickelson needed reminding, he crested a hill in the 17th fairway Tuesday at Royal Lytham to find his tee shot wasn't nearly as disastrous as he had imagined. Sure, it was only a practice round, but considering how much money was being wagered by the lefty and playing partners Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Nick Watney, a break that good was likely to pay dividends. That was confirmed once Mickelson's caddie, trailing by several strides, located the boss' ball. ''That's what I'm talkin' about!'' Jim ''Bones'' Mackay howled. It had come to rest inches from the right edge of the last of seven deep bunkers lining the left side of the fairway. If Mickelson had been a right-hander, he would have had to ...
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