Posted July 14, 2014

Phil Mickelson Drank $40,000 Wine From the Claret Jug

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Defending Open champion Phil Mickelson returned the Claret Jug to R&A chief Peter Dawson on Monday. (Getty Images)

Winning, like fine wine, must get better with age, so why not combine the two?

Having spent a year with the Claret Jug after his 2013 Open Championship title at Muirfield, Phil Mickelson says sipping pricey vintages from the trophy was among the sweetest thrills of victory.

“I’ve loved having the Jug with me for the last 12 months,” Mickelson told The Scotsman this week. “The people who know and love the game get a big kick out of it. They really appreciate what it means to hold such a famous trophy. And drink out of it. I only let them drink the good stuff of course. There’s been nothing in there that is sub-par. But the best was a 1990 bottle of Romanee Conti wine. It wasn’t on my dime thankfully. It costs about $40,000.”

For much of this season, Mickelson, 44, has looked in need of some expensive swing oil. Since his victory at Muirfield, the reigning Open champ has slumped, recording only one top-10 in 2014 — a tie for second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. That qualifies as a Sahara-dry spell for a man who has managed at least one win per year over the past decade.

But even through his struggles, Mickelson has struck an upbeat tone, describing 2014 as “a great learning year.”

At this past week’s Scottish Open (an event he also won in 2013), Mickelson showed signs of life, closing with a 65 on Sunday that landed him in a tie for 11th. Now comes Royal Liverpool and a crack at a second consecutive British Open title. Somewhere, as we speak, an optimistic man is sifting through his cellar for something good.

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34 comments
euro_fellow
euro_fellow

Oh, Phil, thou hast the class of a p.i.m.p. But you're still a very good golfer and that's good enough for me.

Justin Dent
Justin Dent

Jim Daywalt I suggest you go after tiger with his million dollar yacht, Ian poulter with his couple Ferraris, along with all the other tour pros that have something expensive then, too.

ca1879
ca1879

Refusing to waste money when you have both the chance and the right to waste it is a lot classier move than just lighting up those Benjamins. This is a rich white guy's version of getting a diamond grill just because he can. I like Phil, but he's a mixed bag - he seems to care deeply about people, but will toss away a couple of year's rent for the average Joe on an over the top celebration. Guess that's what makes him the Thrill.

frankwhitenewyork
frankwhitenewyork

good for him .. he earned it! ... but it was quite funny to see him last year complaining about taxes (we all hate taxes) ... FIGJAM has to be the biggest whiner on the tour 

Jim Daywalt
Jim Daywalt

Yes he's dying his hair. Looks terrible.

Jim Daywalt
Jim Daywalt

A kick in the teeth for people who can't afford to live. A bottle of wine would have been fine. No a $40k bottle. Come on Phil.

smarc78
smarc78

this year Carrot Jug for.... ... drum roollllllls

smarc78
smarc78

for someone complaining about Cali taxes hes not cheapo...

Colin Hopkins
Colin Hopkins

Fair play to Phil if I had his money I think I would have spent more than that on a bottle to drink a real great honour such as the open deserves real great wine

Andy Watson
Andy Watson

You don't know what claret is, do you Taylor...?

Randy Sandoval
Randy Sandoval

Like how they take the jug back as soon as he gets out of the car... lol no patience

Martin Craig
Martin Craig

Beats Stewart Cink putting BBQ sauce in it...

Lee Troska
Lee Troska

Hmm, I was under the impression that Phil was a lifelong teetotaler...

Gordon Steel
Gordon Steel

Hope his golf is better than your spelling

Jody Winkler
Jody Winkler

Where's the uproar? Michelle Wie got blasted for drinking out of her majors trophy.

Taylor Phillips
Taylor Phillips

A Real man would put Whiskey in the Caret Jug. Typical women move from Phil

macer
macer

All things are possible with insider trading!

Was the Claret Jug cleaned with a clorox product?

btek
btek

Does the person who wrote this even know that the "Claret Jug" is a claret jug?

Clip
Clip

Didn't Daly butt chug Sutter Home when he won?

RobN
RobN

Actually, it was the twerking that got her some bad press; drinking out of the claret jug has been a tradition since it was created in the 1870's. 

MrEightIron
MrEightIron

Um, claret is actually an old British word for a Bordeaux blend.  So while the wine Phil drank was admittedly from the Burgundy region (different varietal than the ones in Bordeaux), I'd still say that's a lot closer to the instrument's crafted purpose than whisky.

Stephen35
Stephen35

@MrEightIron  God - wine snobs are so annoying. Burgundy. Bordeaux. Im with Taylor. Fill that thing up with a good single malt or a craft beer. Filling it with some pretentiously expensive wine and gloating about it makes Phil sound like a d-bag

MrEightIron
MrEightIron

@Stephen35 @MrEightIron So the OP questions a person's masculinity based solely upon beverage choice, yet I'm the snob for pointing out a flaw in his argument? Interesting. 

Also, I find it humorously ironic that you specified "single malt" and "craft beer" after calling someone out for their own perceived libationary pretensions (although "deliciously" ironic would probably be more suitable under these circumstances).  Again, interesting. 

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