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Phil Mickelson enjoyed his week at St. Andrews, though he failed to break 70 all four days. (Getty Images)

Mickelson rounds off 'fun' week though thoroughly disappointing performance

Phil Mickelson called his week "fun," and stressed that his disappointment at the way he played couldn't diminish from the enjoyment of experiencing a British Open at St. Andrews.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (PA) -- Phil Mickelson didn’t even have the consolation prize of ending up ahead of Tiger Woods and closing the gap at the top of the world rankings as another disappointing British Open performance fizzled out.

The reigning Masters champion, who hadn’t finished behind Woods in seven events since last September, dropped five shots in his last seven holes Sunday for an inward 41, a 75 and a 1-over-par total.

He didn’t even make the top 40, let alone the top-four placing he needed at the start of the week to have a chance of finally taking the No. 1 spot. Woods, never really in the hunt himself, had a 72 for 3 under.

After failing to break 70 over all four days and with a record that includes only one top-10 finish in the Open in 17 attempts -- a third at Troon in 2004 -- the left-hander was in a hurry to leave.

"I enjoyed the week very much. I think it's just a wonderful place to hold this event,” Mickelson said. "The people in Scotland have been very warm and receptive to everyone. The weather conditions were wonderful for a British Open -- they were challenging at times, they were benign at times.

"It was really a fun test and a fun week,” he added. "I was disappointed with the way I played, but it didn't diminish from the experience of playing the Open Championship here at St Andrews."

On Tuesday Mickelson had commented that, if he had his way, the event would never leave the Home of Golf.
 

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