Phil Mickelson: 'No pressure on me'

2016 07 Getty Images 547548664 1
• Phil Mickelson feels no pressure despite Royal Troon lead
• "I've already won the Claret Jug," said the 46-year-old
• The American is one shot ahead of Henrik Stenson


Phil Mickelson says he’s feeling absolutely no pressure as he heads into the weekend of the Open Championship with a one-shot lead.

The 46-year-old followed up his near history making round of 63 with a two-under-par 69 on day two at Royal Troon – which at 132 broke the record for the lowest 36-hole total in an Open at the Ayrshire venue.

The bad news about that? The players whose record Mickelson broke – Bobby Clampett (1982) and Darren Clarke (1997) – both didn’t go on to win the tournament.

However, the American is brimming with confidence heading into his final two rounds and says he’s playing without pressure having already secured one Claret Jug back at Muirfield in 2013.


145th Open Championship - Day Two

“I don't feel the pressure like probably a lot of players do to try to win the Claret Jug because I've already won it, and that takes a lot of pressure off me,” said Phil Mickelson. “The desire to capture that Claret Jug puts a lot of pressure on. The fact I've done it relieves some of that. I would love to add to it, but having already done that was big.”

If Mickelson converts the 36-hole lead, he’d become the oldest major winner in the modern era and, with his game as it is at the moment, sees no reason why he can’t keep on competing in the years to come.

“From ten years ago, when I was playing my best golf, I'm 25 pounds lighter, I'm in better shape and I'm physically stronger than I was,” he said. “I feel better and I'm playing, now that my swing is back on plane, I'm starting to hit some shots like I did ten years ago and starting to play some of my best golf again.

“So I don't see why there's any reason why I can't continue that not just this week but for years. That's kind of what the gameplan is.”

Henrik Stenson is currently Phil Mickelson’s nearest challenger on nine-under-par, while Soren Kjeldsen and Keegan Bradley are two shots further back on seven-under.

Phil Mickelson :: 2016 Open champ?

Do you think Phil Mickelson will win the 2016 Open Championship? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Jon Rahm reveals hilarious advice to wife after birth of son
Ewen Ferguson reveals celebrity advice after course record
Cam Smith drops biggest LIV Golf hint yet
Golf courses urged to "take immediate action" amid heatwave
PROMOTION Toptracer reimagines how you practice

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh gives pro Stephen McCarthy a whirlwind lesson
play button
A simple tip to hit the ball higher
play button
A simple drill to increase your shoulder turn
play button
Good timing is the key to good striking
See all videos right arrow