After former world No. 1 golfer Phil Mickelson won the British Open, he decided to take his celebration to a new level. Mickelson, who is known for his eccentric antics, decided to celebrate with the most expensive champagne possible. Unfortunately for him, this wasn’t a routine bottle of champagne, but rather a $40,000 bottle of Dom Pérignon. The bottle of wine was held high above Mickelson’s head by a crane, and he proceeded to chug the entire bottle of champagne in one shot.
Phil Mickelson and his wife Caroline celebrated their victory at the British Open with an ultra-classy move: pulling out a 40-liter magnum of Chateau Hardy Pomerol and chugging it. The proud booze-slinger also poured a bottle of the wine on the official trophy before chucking it into the crowd.
Over the weekend, from the 14th to the 17th of June 2017, Phil Mickelson became the first professional golfer in 68 years to win the British Open. While the victory was a well deserved one, Mr. Mickelson hails from the United States and he celebrated it in the way that only he knows how.
Phil Mickelson has always loved and appreciated the deep history of golf. When he won his first and only British Open title in 2013, he described it as probably the biggest win of his career. And with the biggest win of his career came the biggest trophy he’s ever had: the iconic Claret Jug.
Open winners celebrate the trophy in different ways, but Mickelson provided one of the most epic celebrations since his triumph in 2013. For example, an epic bottle of wine for $40,000.
By the 2013 PGA Tour season, Mickelson already had four major championships to his name, including three Masters titles. But Lefty was still missing an Open Championship and a U.S. Open win on his already incredible resume.
Mickelson reached the final round of the 2013 Muirfield Open five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood. You don’t expect that you can make up so much ground in one day at the major championships, but that is exactly what Mickelson managed to do on Sunday.
A 2-under 34 on the first nine put him within reach, and two consecutive birdies at the end of the round moved him to 5-under for the day and 3-under for the tournament. Mickelson saw the rest of the field fall behind him and won his first Open title by three strokes.
Phil Mickelson celebrates with his pitcher Claret after winning the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club | Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images
Traditionally, the winner of the British Open celebrates his victory by drinking from a jug of claret. Over the years, champagne, beer, wine and even cola have been drunk from the Centennial Cup.
When Mickelson had owned the Claret Pitcher for a year, he kept only the good stuff for the most famous trophy in golf.
I loved having the pitcher with me for the last 12 months, he told The Scotsman in 2014. People who know and love the game enjoy it to the fullest. They really appreciated what it was like to hold such a famous trophy in their hands. And drink it. I only let them drink the good stuff, of course. There was nothing inferior. But the best was a bottle of Romanee Conti wine from 1990. Fortunately, it wasn’t me. It costs about $40,000.
Phil goes to Phil.
Phil Mickelson, who played the Open practice round in shorts, unbuttoned shirt and aviator glasses, caused at least 3 R&A members to go into cardiac arrest pic.twitter.com/YXQiTPHIiV
– Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) 12. July 2021
As a history buff, Mickelson knows better than anyone how important it is to win the Open Championship. When he won golf’s oldest major championship in 2013, he couldn’t help but be emotionally present.
It’s just a day and a moment that I will cherish forever. This is a very special moment and such a success in my career that I could never have imagined, Mickelson said after the round. This is probably the most important and difficult win of my career. It’s great to play in an Open Championship and win at Muirfield.
If Mickelson never wins the Open again, he will cherish this one victory for the rest of his life.
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