Three years ago in Scotland, Phil Mickelson won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the Open Championship at Muirfield in successive weeks.
Those victories are only part of what made the two-week family trip to Scotland so memorable.
On the Sunday morning before Mickelson beat Branden Grace in a playoff to win the Scottish Open, he and his wife Amy renewed their wedding vows.
“There were two things that really stood out about that two-week stretch that I still cherish to this day,” Mickelson said Wednesday at Castle Stuart.
“The first is how my kids looked at me. They were old enough to appreciate what had actually happened those two weeks, and they had a weird look at me, like I was cool. That was really one of the first times that I remember that. They were so young in many of my other victories.
“Sunday of the final round here at the Scottish Open, my daughter (Sophia) – who was 10 at the time – went into town, and she had bought two rings for my wife and I, unknown to us.
“She had gone online and became an ordained minister, and she ended up having a wedding vow renewal for me and my wife on Sunday morning at the place we were staying. It was a very emotional thing. It was one of the coolest things that has ever been done for me and Amy.”
Mickelson hasn’t won since capturing the Open Championship at Muirfield, his fifth major championship, but he will be among the favorites at Castle Stuart, where Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Steve Stricker, Graeme McDowell, Russell Knox and Martin Kaymer are in the field.