The British Open can change in an absolute heartbeat.  The reason is usually because of the weather.  It is awfully difficult to take over a British Open based on a flurry of birdies at the end because of that weather which is always unpredictable, the competition and the quirky nature of the Open track.  Don't tell Phil Mickelson any of this.

Lefty captured his fifth major title with a final round 66 and birdies on four of the last six holes.  Mickelson's final score for the tournament was -3.  Ian Poulter and Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan and Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson and everyone else were solid, but in a lot of spots struggled where Mickelson just stayed the course and made big time shots without taking chances.  Yes, Phil Mickelson did that on a major Sunday and did it with fluidity.

Mickelson's career has been a Hall of Fame one, but near the land of elite golfers of all-time when you think about five major wins, 42 total tour wins, nine European victories and most of all six 2nd place finishes in the U.S. Open.  He could easily have eight to 12 majors right now.

The only major that eludes Lefty is that U.S. Open.

Cya at Pinehurst in 2014.

By:  Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter at