Four months removed from claiming his fifth career major, Phil Mickelson did not hesitate Friday to put his triumph at Muirfield atop a long list of accomplishments across his Hall of Fame career.
"It was the greatest, most fulfilling moment of my career," Mickelson said of his British Open win during an appearance on "Morning Drive." "I was never positive that I would win this tournament. I always knew I would win the Masters ... But the British Open has always been the one that's given me problems."
Mickelson took time to revisit the closing stretch of holes that led to his three-shot win in July. Particularly, the 43-year-old described the thought process surrounding his lengthy approach to the par-5 17th hole, one that led to a two-putt birdie and gave Mickelson sole possession of the lead.
"There was no margin for error. I had to hit a perfect shot, but I knew if I made birdie, the tournament was in my control," he said. "At some point during every golf tournament, yo a're going to have to man up and hit a shot. You're going to have to pull off a critical shot."
After another birdie on the home hole, Mickelson joined in an emotional embrace with his longtime caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay. Months after sharing the moment with his right-hand man, Mickelson recalled the words he offered shortly after the final putt found the hole.
"I did it. I can't believe I did it," he told Mackay. "It was the greatest feeling, to accomplish winning this Open Championship."