July 20, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Phil Mickelson at the 2nd tee during the third round of the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

2013 British Open: Phil Mickelson wins thanks to final round 66


A week that began with Phil Mickelson complaining about the course conditions at Muirfield ended with him capturing the claret jug, the winner the 2013 British Open. Mickelson turned in a remarkable final round of a 5-under 66, tying the best round shot by any player in the tournament. On a Sunday where Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood crumbled, Mickelson dominated.

Mickelson, at one time mocked for never having won a major, now has five major championships.

Lee Weswtood started the day with a small lead, but shot 4-over on Sunday to finish the tournament in tie for third with Adam Scott (who briefly held the lead but collapsed with four consecutive bogeys) and Ian Poulter (who shot a 4-under 67 to finish at 1-over for the tournament). Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson finished second at even par. Tiger Woods, who has still yet to win a major coming from behind on a Sunday, finished in a tie for sixth with American Zach Johnson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

We will be bringing you reactions, quotations, and news from Muirfield as the celebration concludes, so stay tuned.

[Source: ESPN]

 

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