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Golf at its best… or its worst?

Published: July 21, 2013, 10:33 am, by Paul Klee

Well, that was something else.

The big-name leaderboard at the British Open and Phil Mickelson’s stretch run made for riveting TV.

Spoiler alert: Mickelson was magic.

“Phil Mickelson, with a Sunday to remember at the Open Championship,” Mike Tirico said on the broadcast.

Mickelson won. Golf fans won. And for the second time this year, the golf course in a major won.

Like the U.S. Open at Merion, Muirfield showed a nasty bite. It made the elites look like the rest of us, relatively speaking.

When Mickelson wrapped up a 5-under 66 today, he was the only player under par for the tournament.

At the U.S. Open, champion Justin Rose was the only player to finish even par for the tournament.

Are frighteningly difficult golf courses good for the game?

I think so. Some of the pros thought the USGA overdid it at Merion. But doesn’t it make you, the amateur, feel better about your own golf game to see the best of the best struggle?

“It’s not like it’s every week,” Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon told me. “It’s just one or two weekends a year.”

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