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Phil Mickelson drank a $40,000 bottle of wine from the Claret Jug

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HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Defending Open Champion Phil Mickelson of the United States returns the Claret Jug to Chief Executive of the R&A Peter Dawson during a practice round prior to the start of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 14, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

We are Phil Mickelson, and Phil Mickelson is us. We respond to him so well because he's exactly the kind of guy we'd be if, you know, we could win major championships: wearing the green jacket to get Krispy Kremes, attempting the most ridiculous shots imaginable, and drinking five-figure wines from championship trophies.

Last year, in perhaps the finest win of his career, Mickelson captured the Open Championship, and in so doing claimed the Claret Jug for a year. On Monday, he had to give it back, as you can see above, but not before making sure to enjoy himself with it.

“I’ve loved having the jug with me for the last 12 months,” Mickelson said, according to The Scotsman. “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."

But what does one drink from such an esteemed relic? Not cheap beer, you churlish Yank.

"I only let them drink the good stuff, of course," Mickelson said. "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.”

Phil. You make $60 million a year. That $40,000 bottle of wine is about the relative cost of a large pizza for the rest of us. Anyway, we applaud you for doing exactly what we would ... though we'd probably go with something with a screw-top.

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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