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Phil Mickelson Claims His First British Open Championship

Phil Mickelson sat at three over par and five shots off the lead behind Lee Westwood going into Sundays final round at the British Open.  Not only would he have to overcome a five shot deficit, but also a leader board full of some very notable names,Tiger Woods and Adam Scott (Both are pictured on the Right) to name a few.

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Phil would respond to all that pressure by shooting a field low 66 in rout to his first ever British Open championship.  He got going on the par five fifth where he was able to birdie the hole.  He would go on to birdie all three of the par fives that Murifield golf links had to offer.  The most impressive part of Mickelson’s day had to have been how he finished though.  Phil would birdie four of the last six holes on what some called the hardest last five holes in golf.

Tiger Woods on the other hand struggle on the final day once again as he shot a three over 74.  He still has yet to win a major when not leading or having a share of the lead going into the final round.  Woods started the day at one under par and just two shots off the leader Lee Westwood, but he boogied three of the first six holes and would go on to bogey six total on the round.  Woods tied for sixth with Zach Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, and has now failed to break 70 in seven straight final rounds at major tournaments.

This win is Phil’s fifth major tournament victory and he needs to now win the US Open to join just Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win all four professional majors.  That will have to wait until next year however, but there still is the PGA Championship to go in this years golf season.  It is scheduled for August 8th through August 11 from Oak Hill CC, in Rochester, NY and can be seen on TNT and CBS.

 

 

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