Phil Mickelson trash talked Jordan Spieth and then ate his words

Everyone knows Phil Mickelson. He’s the veteran on Tour that makes sure everyone know that he still has it, even if he hasn’t won a Major since 2013.

That Major win just happened to be The Open Championship, where he took home the Claret Jug by carding a 66 on Sunday. Along with the title, Mickelson won other pleasantries, like getting access to the champions section of the locker room and exemption into the event until age 60.

These perks can make anyone cocky, but Mickelson felt the need to poke fun at Jordan Spieth this year, regarding those perks that the 23-year-old didn’t have at the time.

According to the Telegraph, Lefty was preparing for a practice round when he interjected as Spieth headed to the locker room:

“The 47-year-old was in his normal playful demeanor, spotting Jordan Spieth walking into the wrong section of the locker room and telling his young countryman: ‘This right here is for past champions.'”

This small quip may have ignited a fire within Spieth, because he ended up taking the win after an exciting back and forth with Matt Kuchar. Mickelson on the other hand, didn’t even make the cut. Now these two will have to share a locker room at The Open in 2018, where Spieth will have full access this time around.

Mickelson credits his Open Championship win as his favorite win because the type of courses this Major is played on don’t lend themselves well to his type of game.

“The 2004 Masters will always be my most important, as it’s my first major, and winning the Masters, as an American, puts you in history,” Mickelson said. “But the greatest accomplishment in my career is winning the Open, because my game was never suited to that.

Jordan Spieth joins Jack Nicklaus as the only ones to ever have a third leg of the career Grand Slam accomplished before the age of 24. Will he consider this win his greatest accomplishment too? He definitely could, unless he wins the PGA Championship to complete the Grand Slam. That would be unbelievable.

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