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Updated: 07/17/2013 01:19:01AM

Lefty has a secret

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Phil Mickelson of the United States putts on the 17th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Phil Mickelson of the United States plays out of the bunker onto the 15th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot off the 18th tee during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot off the 18th tee during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

By TIM DAHLBERG

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GULLANE, Scotland — The pain of another excruciating loss at the U.S. Open has faded, replaced by the euphoria of his first win in Europe in 20 years. Phil Mickelson’s summer has been a lot like his career, and the roller coaster shows no signs of slowing.

He is here with what he believes may be his best chance to win a British Open, though that’s nothing new. Mickelson always believes, even when the drives are going sideways and the 3-footers are lipping out.

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