Posted by: Rolf | July 14, 2014

Costly 2013 Open Victory

Mickelson & Wine 01Phil Mickelson certainly knows how to “celebrate” a victory.

After winning The Open Championship in 2013, Phil claimed he sipped 1990 Romanee-Conti — a $40,000 wine — from the Claret Jug.

The “Claret Jug” is 142 years old, making it the oldest trophy in golf.

Mickelson thus felt the need to “splurge” with his drink choice.

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“One of the things that I stressed is that we have to treat the Claret Jug with reverence and respect that it deserves and only put good stuff in it,” he said with a laugh at the opening of the 2014 Open Championship.

“There was no bad stuff allowed,” Mickelson continued, as he cracked a smile.

“That was the best bottle that was ever put in there,” Mickelson raved.

Mickelson said he didn’t know “what the wine was” when he drank it, but it apparently was “well worth” the price tag.

It was all part of Lefty’s “joyous” year with the jug, as he “shared” the trophy with everyone from his “friends and family to those at his corporate outings and home clubs.”

“I think the reason this brought out a little bit more emotion was everybody had a chance to share in it,” he said. “Everybody has a chance to drink out of the jug or hold it and take pictures with it.”

“There’s really not much you’re going to do with the green jacket, other than pull on the lapels. I think that’s why it was a bit more emotional.”

Phil Mickelson once famously took the green jacket for a spin in the Krispy Kreme drive-thru.

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If the story is “true”, Phil was “snookered.”  

The “1990 Romanee Conti” is available from several sources for “less” than $20K a bottle – as low as $17K/bottle – inexpensive by any standard.

See you at the first tee…


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