Lefty fails, but praises St Andrews
Phil Mickelson did not even have the Open consolation prize of ending up ahead of Tiger Woods.
Phil Mickelson did not even have the Open consolation prize of ending up ahead of Tiger Woods and closing the gap at the top of the world rankings as another disappointing Open Championship drew to a close on Sunday.
The Masters champion, who has not finished behind Woods in seven events since last September, dropped five shots in his last seven holes for an inward 41, a 75 and a one over par total.
He did not even make the top 40, let alone the top four placing he needed at the start of the week to have a chance of finally taking the number one spot.
Woods, never really in the hunt himself, had a 72 for three under.
After failing to break 70 over all four days and with a record that includes only one top 10 finish in the event in 17 attempts – third at Troon in 2004 – the left-hander was in a hurry to leave.
But before heading for Glasgow and his flight home he told Press Association Sport: “I enjoyed the week very much. I think it’s just a wonderful place to hold this event.
“The people in Scotland have been very warm and receptive to everyone. The weather conditions were wonderful for a British Open – they were challenging at times, they were benign at times.
“It was really a fun test and a fun week.
“I was disappointed with the way I played, but it didn’t diminish from the experience of playing the Open Championship here at St Andrews.”
On Tuesday Mickelson had commented that, if he had his way, the event would never leave the Home of Golf.
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