Monday, July 22, 2013

The Open 2013: Phil Mickelson cards superb 66 to win at Muirfield

Phil Mickelson came from five strokes back to clinch his first Open title and fifth major on a dizzying final day at Muirfield.

The 43-year-old American triumphed by three shots from Sweden's Henrik Stenson, with English pair Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood four back, alongside Australia's Masters champion Adam Scott.
Mickelson surged to the third leg of a career Grand Slam of all four majors with a stunning five-under 66 to finish three under.

The left-hander, who won the Scottish Open last week, birdied four of the last six holes and was in tears on the final green as he hugged caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay.

The mercurial Mickelson's Open record had been modest up to now, despite a third place at Troon in 2004 and second at Royal St George's in 2011, as he slowly got to grips with a style of the game he initially "hated".

-3: Mickelson (US) Par: Stenson (Swe) +1: Scott (Aus), Poulter (Eng), Westwood (Eng) +2: Matsuyama (Jpn), Z Johnson (US), Woods (US) Selected: +3: Mahan (US) +4: Cabrera (Spa) +5: Jimenez (Spa) +7: Garcia (Spa), Clarke (NI)

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