Phil Mickelson: Winning is "really cool"

Phil Mickelson hits from the fairway during the first round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on January 17, 2013
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Phil Mickelson says that blowing victory on the 72nd hole at the Scottish Open helped him refocus and win the playoff against Branden Grace to claim the title.

Scottish Open champion Phil Mickelson has said that he was angry at himself for nearly letting victory slip through his fingers at Castle Stuart.

The 43-year-old needed to make par at the par-five 18th hole for a one-shot victory over Branden Grace, but ended up making a six.

However, a birdie in the first playoff hole secured his first title on British soil since turning professional in 1992.

"This is really cool," Mickelson told reporters. "I have been coming here for some time and had some opportunities and I almost let it slip away today.

"To come out on top was terrific. I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus that I came out on that 18th pretty focused to make a four."

Mickelson travels to Muirfield next week looking to win his first Open Championship title.

Phil Mickelson with the Scottish Open trophy on July 14, 2013
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