Mickelson captures Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson conquers links golf by defeating Branden Grace to win the Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open on Sunday, ending his 20-year wait for a victory in Europe.

After three-putting the 72nd hole to miss out on a win in regulation, Mickelson produced a superb pitch to within a foot of the 18th pin to leave Grace a 25-footer to match him.

Grace's putt rolled by the hole and Mickelson was able to celebrate a 48th professional victory worldwide with his wife and three children watching on.

Mickelson was using the tournament to hone his links game ahead of next week's British Open at Muirfield and he looks in great shape to challenge for a first claret jug and a fifth major title.

He should tee off on Thursday as No. 5 in the world and 500,000 pounds ($740,000) richer.
 

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