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