After going back-to-back in 2013, it was no surprise Wednesday when it was announced that Phil Mickelson will be back to defend his title at the July 10-13 Aberdeen Management Scottish Open. The event is the final tune-up before the British Open, which next year will be played at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Each of the last three Open winners – Darren Clarke (2011), Ernie Els (2012) and now Mickelson – have played in the Scottish Open the week before the year’s third major. The 2014 event will shift from Castle Stuart to Royal Aberdeen.
Though Mickelson has said he will scale back his number of tournaments next year in an attempt to stay fresh for the big events, he won’t eschew his routine of playing the week before a major, especially with the unique challenges of an Open.
“Winning the Scottish Open was a huge factor in my success the next week at the Open Championship,” Mickelson said in a release. “I was able to acclimate myself to the time change, the weather, the wind, the links conditions and all in the heat of serious competition, which itself was a big added plus.”