This time, Phil Mickelson got a do-over after hitting a wayward tee shot at the 72d hole.
The next one was even worse.
A faulty driver cost Lefty a chance to earn his first European Tour win as Gregory Havret rallied to win the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond GC in Luss on the first playoff hole yesterday.
Not exactly the sort of finish Mickelson wanted heading to the British Open, which begins Thursday at Carnoustie, about a two-hour drive away.
He's still trying to erase the memory of that US Open meltdown on 18 at Winged Foot 13 months ago, where a terrible drive on the 72d hole led to a double bogey -- and left him one stroke behind winner Geoff Ogilvy.
"I really struggled off the tee and the back nine was a fight for me," said Mickelson, who bogeyed four of his last six holes, including the 18th twice.
Havret qualified for his first major, clinching the win with an up-and-down from a greenside bunker. He sank a 6-footer for par to win the playoff.
With a one-stroke lead going to the final hole, Mickelson drove into thick rough along the right side of the fairway. He needed a chip shot and two putts for bogey, while Havret got down in two from 15 feet to force the playoff, both players at 14-under 270 as they headed back to the tee box at 18.
Mickelson's redo drive plopped into the shin-high reeds along the water on the left side, forcing him to hit an awkward shot that skidded sideways back into the fairway. His third shot wound up on the fringe at the back of the green, leading to another bogey.
"I just tried to make a good swing and blocked it left," Mickelson said. "I hit a good shot out of the swamp, but I hit the third shot way too hard."
Mickelson, who shot a 2-under 69 in the final round, also bogeyed the 14th and 16th holes in regulation. He bounced back with birdies at the 15th and 17th.
"Greg played very solid golf and I played very erratic golf," Mickelson said. "I made birdies and bogeys and he just played steady with solid pars and ultimately that won out in the playoff because he was just much more consistent."
Ernie Els (65) finished one shot back at 271, taking third with a 40-foot birdie on the final hole. It was his fourth straight birdie on the 18th.
LPGA -- Trailing briefly by three strokes after Morgan Pressel aced the sixth hole, Se Ri Pak regained the lead with a birdie at the 15th hole and held on for her fifth win at the Jamie Farr Owens
The 29-year-old Pak followed rounds of 63, 68, and 69 with a 67 to finish at 17-under 267 and collect the $195,000 winner's check. Pressel closed with a 69 and was three shots back at 270.
Carri Wood of Dennis had the best finish of her career, closing with a 69 to share third place at 276 with Wendy Ward (68), Laura Diaz (69), and Laura Davies (69). Wood had never been better than a tie for 12th in her previous 10 years and 152 LPGA starts.
PGA -- Jonathan Byrd birdied three of the final five holes and shot a 5-under 66 to win the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill., and qualify for the British Open.
It was the third PGA Tour victory for Byrd, who finished the tournament at 18-under 266 -- one stroke ahead of Tim Clark (68). Third-round leader Nathan Green (71) finished in a tie for third with Troy Matteson (66) three strokes back.
Champions -- R.W. Eaks, who had never finished better than seventh in a PGA Tour event and was winless in 90 events over six seasons on the Senior tour, shot a 6-under 66, edging Bruce Vaughn (68) by three strokes to win the inaugural
Eaks completed the three rounds over En-Joie GC at 17-under 199. He won $240,000 to push his earnings for the year past $1 million.