Lefty seeking to rediscover A Game

Phil Mickelson is hoping he can rediscover his A Game as he heads for the Open Championship.

Phil Mickelson is hoping he can rediscover his A Game as he heads for the Open Championship at Sandwich next week.

With Tiger Woods not having won since November 2009 – and currently out injured – many expected the three-time Masters champion to step forward and establish himself at the new World No.1.

But Mickelson has also struggled to find his best form in recent times and now finds himself down in sixth place with only one victory to his name since beating Lee Westwood for the Green Jacket at Augusta 15 months ago.

The left-hander from California is looking to put that record straight in the weeks ahead, starting with this week’s Barclays Scottish Open which is being held at Castle Stuart near Inverness for the first time.

“It’s wide open at the top and starting here at the Barclays I will be playing almost every week in big events and trying to get a level of play out of my game that hasn’t been there as often as I would like,” the American told the European Tour’s website.

“If you play well, you get rewarded. I don’t look at the system in depth. It rewards good play – and I need to play better.

“I love playing the week before a major and getting acclimatised.

“I am really excited. I feel my game is right there and Loch Lomond was great, but playing at a links style course the week before the British Open is an ideal way to get ready.”

Mickelson, who took in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon with wife Amy over the weekend, continued: “What an experience – to see these guys play at such a high level was tremendous.

“My family is going to spend some time in Paris as well as London and take in a bunch of museums and Hyde Park.

“It’s given us an opportunity to see what London has to offer and we are excited about getting to Inverness. I think my kids want to get to Loch Ness – they are excited to go and check it out.”