Phil Mickelson confident of Open chances
A confident Phil Mickelson admitted he is eyeing his second major win after taking his first look at Troon for next week'sOpen.
"It looks sensational," he enthused. "But then again so did Shinnecock the week before. But Troon looked spectacular. It looks as if it is going to be a wonderful test of golf. A very fair, tough test."
Sun and wind made Shinnecock almost unplayable on the final day of the U.S. Open when Mickelson had to settle for second place after losing a dramatic head-to-head showdown with South African Retief Goosen.
Mickelson said his first task come Monday will be to get used to the bunkers.
"The bunkers are extremely difficult. I will be hitting a lot of shots out of the sand -- hopefully just in practice," he said.
The 34-year-old is convinced that he now has the game to be able to play and challenge in a British Open.
"In the past I felt not as comfortable with the type of shot that I needed to hit or the way to hit them, meaning less spin, lower flight, keeping the spin down and letting the shots run up.
"I do feel more comfortable with that style of shot. Many of the shots I have worked on throughout the year to help me week in week out are shots I'll be using at Troon," said Mickelson.
Mickelson also admits that luck will be crucial next week at Troon.
"There is an element of luck needed to do well in a major. We saw that in '02 when Tiger was trying to win the Grand Slam at Muirfield and he had a very unlucky tee time on Saturday and had to deal with all that wind and rain and took his chances out," said Mickelson.
"For the person who wins you need the element of luck with the tee times and decent weather. I've had some great breaks," he added.
Mickelson admits that no matter what the elements might throw at him this year he would never consider missing the Open.
"I would always come. I came to try and qualify in 1992 and missed it. What I love about the majors, if you can win all four, what a complete player you have proven to be," he explained.
Mickelson denied he was under any pressure to get another major title to his name.
"I know that Hogan didn't start winning his majors until the age of 34. I don't feel pressed for time. But I do want to give myself the best possible chance for each major and so my preparation has changed, my schedule has changed to try to be the most ready and most prepared I can be," he said.
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