Havret Bests Mickelson in Scottish Open

In one-hole playoff, Frenchman qualifies for his first major
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:35 AM CDT
France's Gregory Havret is seen during the final round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, Scotland, Sunday July 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Clark, PA)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – France's Gregory Havret emerged as the Scottish Open champion yesterday, besting Phil Mickelson in the first hole of a playoff. Mickelson, who has a history of faltering late, found himself in the tiebreak after an ugly drive and a bogey on 18. Another one-over by Lefty opened the door for Havret, whose flawless up-and-down on the 19th gave him the win.

Both players are headed to Carnoustie for the upcoming British Open, but yesterday's victory prompted a champagne dousing for the Frenchman: it qualifies him for his first major. "Greg played very solid golf," Mickelson said, "He was just much more consistent." Ernie Els finished third with a final-round 65, capping some solid play with a 40-foot birdie putt on 18.