How impressive was Phil Mickelson’s final round 66 to win the Open Championship?
Let me put it in perspective for non-golfers.
In baseball it would be like throwing a one-hit shutout in the seventh game of the World Series.
In football it would be like rushing for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the Super Bowl.
In basketball it would be like a 40-20-10 triple double in the seventh game of the NBA Championship series.
In racing it be would like winning the Daytona 500 by two laps.
It would be like winning the Wimbledon final love, love, love or a championship fight with a first-round knockout.
For added spice, consider the fact Mickelson, now 43, started working on reinventing his game a couple of years ago so he could master the art of playing links golf. His high-ball flight and tendency to spray tee shots with his driver had made him a nonfactor in the Open Championship for nearly two decades.
Thankfully for those of us who love golf, Mickelson has a child-like love of the game and a keen sense of golf history. Already a hall of famer and the winner of four majors, not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars and what seems to be an ideal family, Mickelson felt not being a good links player left a big hole in his legacy as a golfer.
That hole has been closed. Mickelson now deserves to be on any list of the top 10 golfers in the history of the game.
And his final round in the 2013 Open Championship – making birdies on four of the last six holes – goes on the first page of great finishes in sports history, regardless of the sport.
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