(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist His coach was all business before the round. His caddie was in tears afterward. Only Phil Mickelson seemed to know how many magical moments he was capable of unfurling in between.
''I said, ''Even-par or 1 under could win this thing.' He said, `I'm going to be better than that,''' coach Butch Harmon recalled.
Harmon was standing near the 18th green in the fast-fading light of a cool Scottish summer afternoon. The roars from one of the great closing rounds in major championship golf was still ringing in his ears. He paused long enough to crack a wide smile.
''He wasn't lying.''
Little more than 10 yards away, just after exiting the front door of the Muirfield clubhouse, caddie Jim ''Bones'' Mackay was still trying to regain his composure.
Someone asked about the tears he kept choking back. Instead, they started falling again.