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Monday, 15 July 2013 22:02

Phil Mickelson wins the Scottish Open

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Once again, the golfing world was given another heart stopping sudden death play off between two talented players, in this case, Phil Mickelson in the end managed to see off Branden Grace to win the Scottish Open.

It was a close affair with anyone betting online during the day being very lucky to stick with Mickelson. Phil survived some early nerves to force the play off with Grace as both players finished on 17 under par. In the end, Phil’s experience paid off, and he birdied the first play off hole, and Grace could not keep up.

The conditions for the last day did not help the players, however, made for a more exciting end to the tournament. The gusts were coming on the Moray Coast at sometimes 30mph, which meant to was very hard for the players to negotiate and this was reflected in scores under 70 being only achieved by five players. Grace was on form and only took 32 strokes in the back nine of final round, but it was not enough to secure victory.

One of the surprises of the tournament was the 22 year old Dane, JB Hansen who finished in third place on 15 under par. The young man regained his composure after struggling early on, to then hit five birdies in a row as he set his sights on his first European Tour title. But alas, Hansen could not have seen the inevitability of the American left hander, Phil Mickelson! The american did struggle at first during the day, with double bogie and then another bogie after hitting four birdies. But he kept his nerve and there was never really any doubt that when Mickelson had the title in his sights that he would ever let go.