Henrik Stenson Sees Off Phil Mickelson to Win British Open
Henrik Stenson produced a major championship record-equalling round of 63 on the final day to win the British Open at Royal Troon
Henrik Stenson won the British Open after a final round of 63
This is the Swede's first major at the age of 40
Phil Mickelson finished second
Henrik Stenson won the British Open at Royal Troon on Sunday, pipping Phil Mickelson by producing a major championship record-equalling round of 63 on the final day.
The Swede -- who played superbly to finally win his first major at the age of 40 -- led by one overnight and kept his nerve, shooting an eight-under 63 to finish on 20 under par, three shots clear.
Mickelson finished on 17-under after a superb final round of his own of 65. JB Holmes of the United States was a distant third at six under par.
Stenson appeared to be showing signs of nerves when he bogeyed the first but he recovered from that to produce a scarcely credible 10 birdies over the afternoon, rendering his dropped shot at the par-four 11th meaningless.
Mickelson's round featured four birdies, an eagle and not a single dropped shot. He had also shot a 63 in the opening round, but it was not enough.