2013 Open Winner Mickelson drank $40,000 DRC from Claret Jug trophy

Claret JugOn the eve of the 143rd Open Championship to take place at Royal Liverpool, Phil Mickelson recalls his enjoyment of last year’s win. The Claret Jug trophy has been put to excellent use in the past year as Mickelson drank a bottle of $40,000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti straight from it. Quoted as the ‘consummate glass half-full’ kind of player he looks forward to competing this week despite a challenging 12 months on the golf course since Muirfield.

With a purse of $8million to play for there will undoubtedly be a call on DRC, Bordeaux and the finest champagne in the golfing fraternity post the weekend ahead. The PGA power rankings for the Open 2014 are led by Henrik Stenson, followed by Adam Scott but the 2012 winner Ernie Els and Tiger, who won it last time it was played at Royal Liverpool, have also got to be in the frame.

Whoever lifts the world’s most famous Claret Jug this year will undoubtedly be toasting it with one of the world’s finest wines. To read more on Mickelson’s enjoyment of the Claret Jug, click here: