Phil Mickelson Aiming For Top Spot

by Punter's Hero on July 8, 2010

in Golf, Latest News

Phil Mickelson is doing his best to play down talk of taking the number spot from Tiger Woods.

“It would be cool, but it’s not something I’m thinking about,” said the American, who can leapfrog Woods with a second place finish at Loch Lomond.

“I’m just trying to get my game sharp.

“It would be cool more because I’ve come so close to winning this tournament and it would mean a lot to me to break through and finally win.”

Tiger has decided not to play the Scottish Open, so will prepare for the British Open back in the states, giving Mickelson the chance to at last become the world’s number one. Mickelson will face a stiff task as many of the world’s best golfers will be playing the event. Mickelson’s main opponents will include Graeme Mcdowell, YE Yang and  Ernie Else who has won the event twice.

Many had raised concerns about the quality of the greens due to the harsh winter, although the course looks to be in superb condition. Poor weather with strong winds is predicted for at least a couple of days of the event which could prove to be a tough test for many.

Mickelson dismissed claims that Tiger had perhaps ruined his chances of another British Open win this year by sidestepping the Scottish Open.

“I think, living in Florida, it’s only a five-hour time change,” said the 40-year-old. “It’s not that long a flight and I don’t think it will make a big difference.”

Although Tiger is clearly out of form, plus will be short of links golf practice, he will still start as a short favourite for the British Open.

Barclays Scottish Open Latest Odds

8/1 Phil Mickelson
14/1 Ernie Els
16/1 Martin Kaymer
20/1 Graeme McDowell
25/1 Retief Goosen
25/1 Charle Schwartzel
25/1 Ross Fisher
33/1 Francesco Molinari
33/1 Thomas Bjorn
40/1 Camilo Villegas
40/1 Miguel Angel Jiminez
40/1 Rhys Davies
40/1 Vijay Singh
40/1 Alejandro Canizarez
50/1 BAR

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