A magical final round from Phil Mickelson at The Open was good enough to make the trophy his.
Phil Mickelson and The Open trophy / Getty Images
Phil Mickelson won The 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield with a magical final round of -5 under par 66, and a tournament total of -3 under par. Phil was the only player to finish the tournament in red figures, quite an achievement, and thinks this win was probably his greatest;
“It’s probably the greatest and most difficult win of my career. It is great to be part of any Open Championship and to win at Muirfield feels amazing. The range of emotions I feel are as far apart as possible in the last month after such a tough loss. You have to be resilient in this game and take losses and use them as motivation to work harder and come back stronger.”
Henrik Stenson was in second place, his final round of -1 under par for a tournament score of par.
Tied in third place at +1 over par were Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood.
Lee started the day three shots clear but collapsed in the final round with a +4 over par catastrophe which stopped him winning his first Major trophy;
“Phil must have played really well. Five under was a good round of golf this afternoon. You birdie four of the last six round here any day is good going, but to do it today in the last round of a major is an even better finish.”
Ian enjoyed the atmosphere;
” The excitement, the atmosphere and the fans out there were certainly giving me a lot of electricity and pumping me up. It’s nice to be in front of a home crowd holing 15-foot putts for eagles and birdies and running up the leaderboard. I’m a leaderboard watcher, I always like to see what’s going on. Obviously I realize when you can get out in front and post a number, sometimes it’s a good position to be in. I’m pleased but I can certainly look back at a couple of putts that slipped by which might be what’s required to put my hands on the trophy”
But the day belonged to Phil and his caddie Bones.
Phil and Bones / AP