Open: North Berwick steaks help Phil Mickelson win

Phil Mickelson with the Claret Jug. Picture: Rob Carr/Getty Images
Phil Mickelson with the Claret Jug. Picture: Rob Carr/Getty Images
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GOLF champion Phil Mickelson had a “secret weapon” behind his Muirfield victory - a £21 medium-rare ribeye steak he dined on every night in his hotel room in the run-up to his triumph.

The 43-year-old ordered the protein-packed dish while staying at the £200-a-night Macdonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick. He liked the 220g steak with a homemade peppercorn sauce and he had it with a watercress salad and slow roasted tomatoes and mushrooms. He always washed it down with a large still mineral water or Sprite.

One NHS dietician applauded his choice. She said: “Ribeye is a good, lean choice packed with replenishing protein. Sauces, even peppercorn sauces, are bad though. Full of fat, they wouldn’t have put much oomph into his drives. But, on the whole, this is a very nutritious dinner and could have been his secret weapon that made the difference on the final day.”

The American had a second-floor turret suite at the hotel. Staff say he was a generous tipper and always polite. When he came back with the Claret Jug, the staff rolled out the red carpet and all lined up and gave him great round of applause.

Manager Seamus Coen said: “He stopped and said thank you and was very appreciative of what everyone had done for him.”