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“But if that same player were to win five Opens and one U.S. major, he would be known only for winning six majors,” Harrington said.

Mickelson arrived at St. Andrews mindful of a famous line that Nicklaus once borrowed from Bobby Jones.

“A career just doesn’t feel complete unless you’ve won here at St. Andrews,” he said. “I think all the players feel the same way.”

For Mickelson, a claret jug anywhere would be just fine.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects to Ben Hogan in 4th paragraph.)