Photo of the year candidate: Phil Mickelson lost in Scotland

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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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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