Phil Mickelson Had One Of The All-Time Great ComebacksBarry Petchesky7/22/13 9:14amFiled to: phil mickelsonbritish opengolfvideogettypic173EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink "I'm playing the best I've ever played," Phil Mickelson said after winning his first Claret Jug, and maybe that's true, maybe it was a back nine, or a weekend, or a season of especially inspired golf. But Mickelson's run—four birdies on the final six holes, as the rest of the leaderboard stumbled trying to keep his pace—isn't the anomaly it would have seemed years ago. It's just the kind of thing you'd expect from a man who's gradually taken his place as one of his generation's greats.AdvertisementThis didn't look likely 10 years ago, did it? A decade into his pro career, and Mickelson still hadn't won that first major, looked paralyzed (as did the rest of the tour) at the prospect of seeing his best days coincide with Tiger Woods's. Now? He's in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He's one of just 19 people to win five majors, and one of 14 to take three out of the four.Mickelson started the day five back, four pairings ahead of the leaders. He could lose, but he couldn't collapse—perhaps just the way he likes it. His round itself was remarkable for its unremarkability: few wayward drives, no blown putts, no untraversable hazards. Meanwhile, Muirfield had its way with everyone else.