But we’re even more gratified by American Phil Mickelson’s stunning down-the-stretch mastery to capture the Open. And not just because he’s ours, or such a fan favorite, even though he is.
Our delight is heightened by the way in which Mickelson won — and the two great examples he set in the process.
The first example is resilience.
Although he had triumphed only a week earlier at the Scottish Open in a U.K. warmup for the Open, he was still grieving his failure to finish off the recent U.S. Open as champion — yet another second-place finish in his own country’s national championship, which he has yet to win.
Rather than let the disappointment of another major meltdown take hold of him, he shook it off — and won the British Open for the first time. ...
Phil Mickelson has further solidified his legacy as one of the ancient game’s all-time greats. Just as important, he did it while exhibiting greatness. Greatness of character.
In so doing, he proved the power and beauty of attitude.