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Mickelson questions future Scotland visits

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American veteran Phil Mickelson has questioned how long his love affair with the Scottish Open will continue.

The 46-year-old has pencilled the prestigious tournament into his schedule for well over a decade and lifted the trophy in 2013 before repeating the feat at Muirfield a week later to win his first Open Championship title.

That was played at Castle Stuart but the authorities then opted to move the Scottish Open to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in 2014 and Gullane last year.

It is back at Castle Stuart this year and Mickelson is hoping to be among the contenders at the business end of proceedings on Sunday.

It has already been decided that Dundonald will host the 2017 Scottish Open and, while not calling time on his participation in the event, the Californian admits he may need to reconsider his season itinerary in future years.

“I doubt it will be the last time I will play but I don’t know if it will be an every year occurrence,” he said. “I know it was difficult to get accustomed to Royal Aberdeen, and to get accustomed to Gullane. I thought they were terrific, and I hear great things about Dundonald. I don’t know how my schedule is going to play out.

“I have played in the Scottish Open now for 15 years or so and it has been a real treasure for me. I really enjoy coming over early and playing here.”

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