In a tournament filled with frustration and the number of scores below par able to be counted on one hand, it took a ridiculous final round for Phil Mickelson to come from behind and win his first ever Open Championship. Mickelson began the day five shots behind leader Lee Westwood, but shot a final round 66 and birdied four of the last six holes to win the title by three shots with a -3 overall. The first three days of the Open were marked by a dry course and much frustration at the unpredictability of distances, but things were a little easier Sunday and Mickelson seized his opportunity. Calling it the best round of golf of his career, Mickelson’s final round gave him the 5th major title of his career.
Meanwhile on the other side, Sunday saw frustrating finishes for Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods. Both began the day in the top two, both were seeking to end long major-less droughts, and both came up short yet again. Westwood finished tied for third, marking the eighth top three finish in his career, the most ever without a major championship. Woods finished tied for sixth and expressed his frustration at yet again faltering in the late rounds of a major. Mickelson’s win marked the third straight win at the Open Championship by a player 40 years or older, following Darren Clarke in 2011 and Ernie Els in 2012. The final major of the year is the PGA championship.
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