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Photo of the year candidate: Phil Mickelson lost in Scotland

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Phil Mickelson played Royal Aberdeen quite well on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson played Royal Aberdeen quite well on Thursday. (Getty Images)

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Phil Mickelson is trying to defend his Scottish Open title this year at Royal Aberdeen and he got off to a decent start with a 3-under 68 on Thursday.

Although he yanked a par putt at No. 18 for his first bogey of the day he scrambled like Phil scrambles (well) -- even out of that stuff you see above.

I love the solitude these courses in Scotland offer -- a glimpse into the abyss of finding out who you are as a golfer and what your game is really made of. Maybe that's why I love this photo so much.

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