Phil Mickelson in position to shock world at British Open

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If there is one thing that Phil Mickelson has taught golf fans over the years, it's "expect the unexpected." Shots through trees, flop shots over his back, and green jackets from relatively nowhere, Lefty is a fan favorite because you never really know what you're going to get.

But one thing was a certainty when Mickelson's name came up; the guy could never win a British Open.

After seven holes on Sunday at Royal St. George's, Phil is making everyone rethink that.

Mickelson currently sits at 5-under for the day, after rolling in a bomb on the par-5 7th for eagle, and is tied for the lead. A man that has finished in the top-10 just once in this major always seemed like the kind of guy that couldn't handle the windy conditions, but on a day that would ruin most kites, Phil is putting on a ball-striking session.

It's interesting the approach Mickelson had heading into this week, saying that he really felt like approaching this British Open like it was the first time playing in it, and whatever thoughts he has going right now are the right ones.

There is a ton of golf left, and Darren Clarke continues to put himself in position to make birdies, but if Mickelson could pull this off, it would be one of the most exciting, and unlikely, wins in major championship history. That's strange to say for a guy that already has four major trophies on his mantel.

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