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  • 03 Jun
    PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson looks at himself differently these days. Sure, theres a bit of uncertainty in the grogginess of morning, when he wakes up wondering if that claret jug really belongs to him for a whole year. Then - yep - there it is, his name engraved on the silver chalice. For Lefty, its all gravy from this point on. He feels complete. "The British Open really changed some of my perception of myself as a player," Mickelson said Tuesday after a practice round at Oak Hill for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. "Had I won another green jacket, that would not have done the same thing as what winning the claret jug has done." Mickelson is a little over two weeks removed from one of the greatest closing rounds in major championship history, a 5-under 66 at rock-hard Muirfield to claim golfs oldest crown. It was the leg of the career Grand Slam that always figured to elude him. His game was built for the target golf played in America, complete with an array of soaring drives and wondrous wedges. But, over four days along the Scottish coast, Mickelson showed he could grind it out better than anyone on a tabletop of a course, imagining shots that go against everything hes supposed to be about -- then pulling them off. "In my mind, it is an accomplishment in my career that makes me more of a complete player," he said. "To finally have won that and break through and play some of my best golf ever in my final round, that kind of changes the way I view myself and my game, more so than just a major championship that I had already won." Mickelson has already won the PGA Championship, back in 2005 at Baltusrol. Thats not to say he doesnt want to add a few more majors to a resume that already ensures hell be remembered as one of the games greatest players. Hes never been this confident about his chances. "Im more motivated than ever to work hard to succeed, because I can taste some of my best golf coming out," Mickelson said, his voice and demeanour just oozing confidence. "I can feel it." At 43, hes already a man in full, complete with five major championships. Only 11 golfers have won more. But dont get him wrong -- hes driven to complete a career Grand Slam, merely lacking a victory in the U.S. Open, where hes been the runner-up a record six times. "I feel as though I started to play my best golf in the last four, five, six months," he said. "I feel like Ive keyed in on two areas that Ive struggled with for years, which is putting and off the tee. I feel very confident in my ability to get the ball in play off the tee, and I feel very confident in my ability on the greens now. "Ive turned weaknesses into strengths," he went on, "and this serves me well in major championships. I feel like now the major championships are possibly the easiest ones for me to be in contention and maybe even win." At home in California, Mickelson had a practice facility built right in his yard, allowing him to work on shots when theres nothing on the line, no fans shouting his name. "I enjoy walking out after dinner and hitting some putts and hitting some chips and hitting some balls," he said. "I find it very calming and very serene being out there doing what Ive always loved to do." Hes still fending off the next generation, giving players who arent even half his age a lesson in how this profession is supposed to work -- on and off the course. If it means spending a good half-hour or more signing autographs after a practice round, as Mickelson did Tuesday for the throngs clamouring for a piece of him on a warm, sunny day at Oak Hill -- well, thats part of the game, too. "Hes a guy that Ive always looked up to, been a fan of," said 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. "I dont know anybody who is not a fan of Phil." Well, maybe one. When Tiger Woods was asked about their personal relationship, he danced around the question as much as possible before finally closing with a terse "its been a lot of fun." Mickelson was more gracious, conceding his record doesnt come close to matching Woods and those 14 major titles, marveling at his rivals remarkable consistency over a professional career thats approaching two decades. "Hes a great motivator for me. Hes helped me work hard," Mickelson said. "Hes helped me put forth the effort to try to compete at the highest level year in and year out, and Ive loved competing against him. Hes really brought the best out of me, especially when weve been paired together, and I hope that we are able to play together for many more years." Theyre certainly not going anywhere at the moment. While Woods is mired in the longest major drought of his career, hes won five times this year on the PGA Tour, is ranked No. 1 in the world, and is coming off a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone. Mickelson is right behind him in the rankings, two exquisite players who have been the face of American golf for so long. "Im as motivated as ever to compete and to play and get the best golf out of me, to hopefully play against Tiger when hes playing his best," Lefty said. "That would ultimately be the goal -- I play as well as I can at the same time hes doing the same. "I would love that opportunity." Once again, TSN.ca will feature live streaming of the PGA Championship, beginning with Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley on Thursday at 8:30am et/5:30am pt. TSNs live coverage of the PGA Championship begins with first-round action on Thursday at 1pm et/10am pt. Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose tee off at 1:45pm et/10:45am pt Custom Pirates Jersey China . 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Australia Women 79 for 6 (Lanning 27, Ranaweera 3-20) beat Sri Lanka Women 76 (Ranaweera 32*, Beams 3-16, Ferling 3-4) by four wicketsScorecard Australia Womens bowlers set up the sides crushing win in the first ODI in Dambulla by bowling out Sri Lanka Women for 76 in 24.5 overs. Australia chased the target in 15.4 overs, before the scheduled innings break, but stuttered towards the end, losing five wickets for 30 runs. Australia took a 1-0 lead in the four-match ODI series.Having opted to bat, Sri Lanka lost two wickets off successive deliveries in the second over bowled by Megan Schutt. Fast bowler Holly Ferling had captain Chamari Atapattu caught in the next over, before picking up two more in the fifth over. Sri Lanka, by then, had slumped to 3 for 5.Legspinner Kristen Beams wrecked Sri Lankas middle order, taking the next three wickets to fall to leave the hosts tottering at 38 for 8 and in danger of posting their lowest ODI score (57). That ignominy was averted by No. 9 Inoka Ranaweeras career-best score of 32 not out. She struck five fours in her 43-ball knock. Offspinner Erin Osborne claimed the last two wickets.Weve talked about starting well, it was nice as a spinner to ccome in and take wickets on the back of a really good opening partnership, Beams said after the match.dddddddddddd Being able to have attacking fields when you come on to bowl, theres more confidence on our end. There was a fairly strong breeze, which was handy for a bit of drift, and there was just a little something in the wicket which we dont have at home.Before the series, Sri Lanka Women coach Lanka de Silva had said he was banking on their left-arm spinners Ranaweera and Sugandika Kumari against Australias predominantly right-handed batting line-up. After one over from Eshani Lokusuriyage, in which she had Ellyse Villani lbw off the first ball, Sri Lanka turned to their spinners.Captain Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton added a 45-run second-wicket stand off just 44 balls to all but seal Australias chase. Ranaweera brought the hosts back into the match with three wickets in the space of six balls, but Australia cantered to the target with four wickets in hand and 206 balls to spare. Wicketkeeper Prasadani Weerakkody effected five of the six dismissals. ' ' '