(Eds: With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer Phil Mickelson looks at himself differently these days.
Sure, there's a bit of uncertainty in the grogginess of morning, when he wakes up wondering if that claret jug really belongs to him for a whole year.
Then - yep - there it is, his name engraved on the silver chalice.
For Lefty, it's all gravy from this point on.
He feels complete.
''The British Open really changed some of my perception of myself as a player,'' Mickelson said Tuesday after a practice round at Oak Hill for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. ''Had I won another green jacket, that would not have done the same thing as what winning the claret jug has done.''
Mickelson is a little over two weeks removed from one of the greatest closing rounds in major championship history, a 5-under 66 at rock-hard Muirfield to claim golf's oldest crown.
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