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July 26 2013

12:00 PM

Mickelson: Technology key to Open win

 

Phil Mickelson will ring the closing bell Friday at the New York Stock Exchange, where he is on hand to promote awareness about the importance of science and technology in education.

It's technology, Mickelson said, that was integral to his first career Open Championship win and fifth career major.

"Math and science is huge for me and my success," Mickelson said on CNBC's Squawk on the Street. "Winning this championship, I look at the one thing that has really changed my game and it's been the 3 wood that I have been using.

"I'm a high-spin player and this 3 wood takes off half the spin that I was putting on it, which gets the ball boring through air. Consequently, I hit the two best 3 woods of my life on the 17th hole to win."

For the ninth straight year, Mickelson is hosting an academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City for third, fourth and fifth grade math and science teachers to help keeping young students motivated in these key educational fields.

Mickelson added that science, engineering and technology has played a "big part" in golf and his own success. Said Mickelson: "I want to see kids enjoy it too and be motivated."

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