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Much has been made about the fact the last two Open Champions -- Darren Clarke and Ernie Els -- have played the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart before the Open Championship. Let's just give Phil Mickelson the old Claret Jug now, and take next week off. Mickelson not only played Castle Stuart, he defeated South Africa's Branden Grace in a playoff to record his first victory on British soil. Indeed, it is only his second victory in Europe following the Tournoi Perrier Paris on the European Challenge Tour in 1993. The World No. 8 birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after he and Grace had tied at 17 under. Mickelson actually had a chance to win in regulation, but three-putted from 18 feet, missing a six-footer for par to give Grace a chance. "I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus that I came out on the playoff hole really focused," Mickelson said. The second time around he hit a wedge to inches for a tap-in birdie and the title. Henrik Stenson of Sweden and...
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