Phil Mickelson Hopes 2012 British Open Features Abysmal Weather

The British Open, more than any tournament on the American PGA Tour schedule, is regularly determined by the weather. If the weather gets nasty for part of the tournament -- which is almost inevitable -- a combination of luck and player adaptability will be the keys to victory for the winner. Phil Mickelson, who has yet to win the Open Championship, is hoping for some extreme conditions.

"I don't know where that happened along the way, whether it was last year or whether it was five, 10 years ago." But he says he started "to really enjoy the tough weather conditions and I hope that it's that way next week, too."

Mickelson wasn't able to catch Darren Clarke in last year's British Open but put together a solid and consistent set of four rounds, finishing in second place at the end of a very rainy and windy tournament. He's currently in contention at the Scottish Open, where he's three strokes back of Francesco Molinari, but the players haven't faced fierce winds yet at Inverness.

For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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