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Phil Mickelson’s final-round 66 in the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield will go down as one of the greatest rounds of golf ever played in a major.

Especially over the weekend, Muirfield tightened its grip on the field and produced some very high scores from unlikely sources.

Mickelson was able to avoid the final-round meltdown that plagued players like Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan to put together the round of his life and claim his first British Open victory.

Known for his creativity not just around the greens but around the course, Mickelson had never really solved the type of creativity needed on a links-style course until now.

Creativity in selecting and executing your shots can make golf a lot of fun. However, it can also get you in a lot of trouble with your scorecard if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Check out these tips to help you get more creative in your golf game:

• Play more golf. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s incredibly important that you spend as much time as possible honing your craft on the golf course. There is a time and place to go to the driving range and work on your swing, but otherwise try to spend more time playing golf. The more you play the more unique situations you may find yourself in. It is then up to you to come up with the best possible shot.

• Take the three-club challenge. There are many variations to this challenge, but the end result is the same. Choose any three golf clubs out of your bag and go play nine holes using only those three clubs. You will be forced to hit shots with a club that you normally wouldn’t use. You will have to get creative if you ever want to finish the round!

• Take a playing lesson. Many PGA professionals had (or still have) long playing careers before they began teaching the game. Our experience on the course can help you when deciding what shots to play and when. It is always fun for me to teach my students a new shot that they otherwise never would have considered. So find a PGA professional today and ask about Playing Lessons to expedite building your creativity on the course.

Take an online lesson with Tyrus York.

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