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Mickelson relishing links test at British Open

If the wind is howling and the rain's pouring during the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, expect Phil Mickelson to be wearing a broad grin on his face.

By his own admission, Mickelson has started to embrace the challenge of being a "bad-weather player." It makes the British Open the ideal tournament for the American.

Mickelson says "I don't know where that happened along the way, whether it was last year or whether it was five, 10 years ago." But he says he started "to really enjoy the tough weather conditions and I hope that it's that way next week, too."

The good news for Mickelson is that the long-range forecast is for Britain's terrible weather of late to continue into next week.