HOYLAKE, England – Phil Mickelson once famously took the green jacket for a spin in the Krispy Kreme drive-thru.
The most interesting thing he did after taking home the claret jug last July? Well, it turns out one of his friends dumped a bottle of 1990 Romanee-Conti – a $40,000 wine – in the oldest trophy in golf.
“One of the things that I stressed is that we have to treat the claret jug with reverence and respect that it deserves and only put good stuff in it,” he said with a laugh Monday at the Open Championship.
Video: Mickelson on celebrating with claret jug (Click here for full interview)
Mickelson said he didn’t know what the wine was when he drank it, but it apparently was well worth the price tag.
It was all part of Lefty’s joyous year with the jug, as he shared the trophy with everyone from his friends and family to those at his corporate outings and home clubs.
“I think the reason this brought out a little bit more emotion was everybody had a chance to share in it,” he said. “Everybody has a chance to drink out of the jug or hold it and take pictures with it.
“There’s really not much you’re going to do with the (green) jacket, other than pull on the lapels. I think that’s why it was a bit more emotional.”