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Its a safe bet that Phil Mickelson is still flying high after capturing the Claret Jug last Sunday. He made the rounds earlier this week at etwCallaway Golf’s headquarters to share his latest triumph with his equipment sponsor. It’s an understatement to say it represents a once in a lifetime moment for him given his comments before and afterwards regarding adapting to links golf. “This is just an amazing feeling winning this great championship,” he said upon collecting the Claret Jug. “This is a special week for me and a special victory because of what this means to all golfers, people that love the game and golf has given so much to me; and the Home of Golf here, to play well, it means a lot,” Mickelson said after he won the Scottish Open the week before coming out on top at Muirfield. Prior to the start of the 142nd Open Championship, he said, “I think that if I were to win an Open Championship in my career, I think that would be one of the greatest accomplishments I could achieve as a player, because it's the biggest challenge of my career, adapting my game, hitting the shots here that I have never had a chance to practice growing up. That would be the biggest accomplishment of my career if I were able to do it.” Little did he know that in a week’s time he would realize a dream. However, Lefty isn’t the only person that left Scotland a different man after his time spent there.

Four injured Canadian soldiers couplesalong with three injured American soldiers have an appreciation for the high Mickelson is feeling after spending some time on the bonnie banks of Scotland. The seven men were part of a rehabilitation visit to St. Andrews that included golf and taking in the Open and Senior Open Championships. Just 24 hours removed from a trip around the famed Old Course in St. Andrews the men are shipping back home today after a surreal experience that included meeting the likes of Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, former Open champion Todd Hamilton, Johnson Wagner, Graham DeLaet, Hall of Famer Ken Schofield, Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, another former Open champ Tom Lehman and Masters champion Larry Mize to name but a few. The military men were part of a mission visit provided by St Andrews Legacy, which is focused on opportunity through education, life changing experiences and growing the game.

Fair to say the boys understand a life changing experience, this time it’s on a positive note, with the time they spent in Scotland. Words commonly heard from the group were phenomenal, spectacular, amazing, and unbelievable. Its doubtful those adjectives will lose any luster as the men return home to share their experiences with others. To learn more about St Andrews Legacy, click here