American golfer Phil Mickelson enjoyed a highly successful trip to the United Kingdom as he won the Scottish Open and then added the British Open title on July 22. Mickelson shot an impressive five-under par 66 in the final round at Muirfield to secure the victory after losing several major tournaments over the past couple of years including finishing runner up at six U.S. Opens.
Mickelson captured the famous claret jug at the British Open for the first time in his career and his fifth overall major championship compared to eight runner-up finishes. His final round was exceptional while the other golfers, such as Tiger Woods simply faded away. Mickelson birdied four out of the final six holes and won the tournament by three shots.
The 43-year-old said winning the British Open is a fantastic accomplishment for him since he didn’t know if he’d be effective at playing links golf. He added that the final round was probably the best of his career and his putting didn’t let him down. Mickelson came close to winning the event two years ago, but finished in second place.
Mickelson has now won three of the four tournaments needed for a career grand slam and should go down in history as one of the greatest golfers ever. He started to sizzle on the 13th hole in the final round when he sank an eight-foot putt for a birdie. At that point he was at even par and he felt he had a shot at the title if he could just shoot at par the rest of the way.
However, he got hotter from hole to hole as he rolled in a 20-foot shot on the 14th hole for his second straight birdie. He also birdied the 17th and 18th holes and finished the tournament with a three-under par score of 281. When he finished the round there were still several golfers on the course, but he knew he had probably done enough to sew up the Open. He yelled at pumped his fist after the last hole while tears rolled down his caddies face and his family hugged each other.
At the start of the final round Lee Westwood enjoyed a two-stroke lead as he was seeking his first major victory. However, he shot a four-over par 75 and finished the tournament four strokes behind. Tiger Woods was two shots behind at the start of the day, but shot a 74 over the last round to finish in sixth place, five shots behind Mickelson. At the end of the event, Mickelson was the only golfer to break par.
Henrik Stenson finished as the runner up with a total score of 284 while Adam Scott and Ian Poulter both finished the tournament at 285. Woods, who is ranked as the number one golfer in the world, is still stuck on 14 major wins as he attempts to catch up to and pass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.
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