Phil believes Muirfield is best chance to win Open

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GULLANE, Scotland – Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Phil Mickelson believes this may be his best chance to win an Open Championship.

Mickelson has made similar comments prior to this major for each of the last five-plus years. This year, though, he means it.

A victory at the Scottish Open last week at Castle Stuart has Lefty flying high. Couple that confidence with a venue that suits Mickelson's eye and it could be a pleasant mix.

“From an opportunity-to-win standpoint I would say that Muirfield and Troon would offer the two best chances, because of the way the holes move, it’s very comfortable for me off some of the tees, getting the ball in play, as well as around the greens,” Mickelson said. “I felt like Muirfield and Troon were the two courses that I felt most comfortable hitting the shots needed.”

Troon, in 2004, remains the closest Mickelson has ever come to winning a claret jug. There, he was a shot out of a playoff between Ernie Els and ultimate champion Todd Hamilton. Mickelson was 5 under after seven holes in 2011 at Royal St. George’s but made four bogeys in the last eight holes to tie for second place.

In his 18 Open appearances as a professional, those two performances are his only two top-10 finishes.