Phil Mickelson got the nastier weather he had begged the golf gods for on Sunday in the final round of the Scottish Open. Mickelson's game did not respond, however, as he would have liked.
The world No. 16 shot 2-over 74 at Castle Stuart to finish the week at 12 under par and tied for 16th place.
Even in defeat, Mickelson reiterated how happy he was to join the field as an 11th-hour entry after missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic.
"So I got a lot of good work here," he said. "I also had a couple of things happen today that showed me what areas I need to work on in the couple of days heading into next week's Open."
"Some of my chipping out of the rough wasn't as effective as I would like," he said. " Some of my lag putting wasn't as good as I would like. And some of my draws into a slice wind off the tee were not what I would like. I pulled a few more than I wanted."
With wind and rain expected all week at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Mickelson will need all three of those to have a chance at repeating his second-place performance from a year ago. He would not call himself a contender for the Claret Jug, but is trending in the right direction.
"I don't think I'll ever say I feel 100 percent," he said. " I feel a lot better than I did three days ago, that's for sure."