Final Round – Royal & Ancient – 145th Open Championship – Royal Troon – Troon, Scotland –
With a record-setting performance, Henrik Stenson breakthrough for his first major championship claiming the 145th Open Championship.
Stenson, who finished 20-under for the week, carded a major-history best final round 8-under-63 at Royal Troon, tying Johnny Miller’s record for the best final round to win a major championship. He became the first male golfer in Sweden to win one of golf’s four majors.
The victory denied 46-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson his second Open title. Mickelson shot 63 to open the week to set the pace. Although 81 players made the weekend cut, it quickly became a match-play between Mickelson and Stenson.
Stenson’s 50-foot birdie bomb putt on No. 15 set up a two-shot cushion. He rolled in a putt at the 72nd hole to finish 20-under and win by three shots. The 20-under tally is the best ever at the Open and ties the best major aggregate total of all time.
J.B. Holmes was third at 6-under, while Steve Stricker was alone in fourth place at 5-under. Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy were T-5. It marked the 10th Top 10 for Garcia in 20 Open Championships.
Entering the week at No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Stenson was a 22-to-1 selection this week at www.skybet.com. For Mickelson, it was his 11th runner-up finish at the major. He is now second to Jack Nicklaus, who finished his career with 19.
Other headliners: World No. 1 Jason Day was T-22, while Jordan Spieth ended up T-30. Day snapped his run of five straight Top 10s in majors. Dustin Johnson logged a Top 10 at T-9. It was DJ’s 11th Top 10 of his PGA Tour season.
Other Golf News:
- Mickelson would have been the second oldest player to ever win the Open Championship.
- Aaron Baddeley is 4-under through seven holes on his final round to take the lead at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship with plenty of holes to play. A 40-1 betting pick to start the week, Badds (17-under at the moment) leads overnight leader Jhonattan Vegas by two shots. Vegas shot 60 in round two.
- Hyo-Joo Kim (14-under) leads Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn by a shot early in the final round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic in Ohio.
- The PGA Tour bounces back next week with the RBC Canadian Open before the world’s best players move to Baltusrol, New Jersey for the season’s final major at the PGA Championship.