Henrik Stenson clinches Open in epic duel

by Steven Clarke July 24, 2016, 8:31
Henrik Stenson clinches Open in epic duel

Mickelson shot a six-under to finish 17 strokes below par, 11 strokes ahead of third place J.B. Holmes, for his 11th second place finish in a major.

Anyone who would scoff at a comparison to 1977's Duel in the Sun at Turnberry, where Tom Watson won an epic weekend battle from Jack Nicklaus, can stop reading right now.

Because this was very much like it, minus the sun. "I'm happy with the way I played, but even more disappointed that it wasn't enough because you look back and say, 'what do I need to do?'" "I played what I feel was well enough to win this championship by a number of strokes and yet I got beat by three strokes", said Mickelson, who at 46 was trying to become the second oldest to win the oldest championship in golf.

"I got beat by 10 birdies. It was a challenging day".

Mickelson stayed on pace with Stenson for most of the round and it came down to one final putt on 18 to decide the championship.

Other than that, he was just okay.

"It's not something you want to run around and shout, but I felt like this was going to be my turn", Stenson said.

In this Facebook post on Stenson's page, he goes in some detail about Gerbich, 74, who Stenson knew through golf in Dubai, and lived in Scottsdale before passing away on Wednesday. Gerbich and Henrik Stenson used to play golf together.

Henrik Stenson takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the British Open, looking to become the first male golfer from Sweden to win a major golf championship.

Behind them, Stenson and Mickelson were playing golf from another planet, making the most of the best conditions all week to increase their lead over any potential chasing pack.

"It seems like it was not going to be anyone else but the two of us".

It was also a draining couple of days.

Mickelson narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 16th hole, and Stenson kept his two-shot lead with an up-and-down for birdie from deep rough.

Another birdie from similar distance on the next restored Stenson's overnight advantage, only for Mickelson to hole from eight feet for an eagle on the fourth. Mickelson's putt turned about six inches in the last two feet and sidestepped the front lip.

After the two had separated themselves from the field over the first three rounds, Stenson (-12) led Mickelson (-11) by a single shot.

His effort featured 10 birdies and took him to a 20-under total to finally win his first major by a three-stroke margin with the lowest overall score in Open history. His four-round total of 20-under par is the lowest British Open title in history, and ties Jason Day for best finish in a major.

First: The Swede broke his majors duck at Troon.

The golfers each managed to maintain their neck-and-neck form throughout the early portion of Sunday's final round.

"I'm proud of the way I played". He wishes that was the norm in golf, instead of players routinely taking four hours or more. "Jesper Parnevik, in particular, twice".

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