Quantcast

Friday, July 25, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 7 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Lefty wins Open for 1st time with brilliant finish

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 11:12 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013


GULLANE, Scotland >> Instead of another excruciating loss in a major championship, Phil Mickelson got a chance to celebrate early.

A brilliant closing round at challenging Muirfield made it possible.

Mickelson won the claret jug for the first time and his fifth major championship with a 5-under 66 on Sunday, matching the best round of the tournament on a day when the other contenders — including Tiger Woods — faded away.

Lefty birdied four of the last six holes, winning by three strokes and emphatically erasing the memory of all those close calls that didn't go his way — the latest one just last month when he was runner-up at the U.S. Open for a staggering sixth time.

"This is such an accomplishment for me," Mickelson said. "I never knew if I'd be able to develop the game and the shots to play links golf effectively. To play what is arguably the best round of my career, to putt the way I putted, to shoot the round of my life, it just feels amazing to win the claret jug."

Overall, Mickelson has eight runner-up finishes in the majors, including one at golf's oldest major championship just two years ago.

Now, at age 43, he's finally got his name on the claret jug, three-fourths of the way along to a career Grand Slam and assuring he'll go down as one of the greats of the game.

"I putted soooo good," Mickelson said.

He began his amazing finish with a 8-footer for birdie at the 13th, getting his score back to even par and giving him a score that he thought would be in the mix at the end if he simply parred out.

Mickelson did much better than that, rolling in a 20-footer at the 14th for another birdie, reaching the green in two at the par-5 17th to set up yet another birdie, and closing it with a 10-footer on the final hole for a 3-under 281 total.

Even though there were still four groups still on the course, Mickelson knew he had done more than enough to win. He pumped his fists and let out a yell. His caddie burst into tears. His wife and kids celebrated just off the green.

Lee Westwood began the day with a two-stroke lead but was again denied his first major title. He struggled to a 75 that left him four shots back, and Mickelson's victory was assured when Westwood didn't come close to making the eagle he needed on the 17th. Woods was two shots out at the start but a 74 left him five shots behind the winner.

Mickelson was the only player to break par over four days at a baked-out course that bedeviled the world's best golfers.

Everyone but Mickelson, that is. Henrik Stenson was the runner-up at 284. Ian Poulter and Adam Scott finished another shot back.

"Phil must've played really well," Westwood said. "Five-under par is a good round of golf this afternoon."






 Print   Email   Comment | View 7 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(7)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
kiragirl wrote:
Go USA! Hopefully the same on the LPGA and PGA.
on July 21,2013 | 07:47AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Not a big fan of Lefty BUT that was a brilliant round he put together and a well deserved victory. Tiger again proved he no longer has the mental toughness.
on July 21,2013 | 10:39AM
john_zee wrote:
I can't stand this guy since he went on the rant about paying his taxes and threatening to leave California. He is obviously out of touch with the average person. The guy has a wonderful life and he is whining.
on July 21,2013 | 01:28PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Do not equate having money with having a wonderful life!
on July 21,2013 | 02:50PM
serious wrote:
I know what you mean on the taxes--hey move one state over and it's no state taxes. Now, I wonder if our raciest President would have called the winner if Tiger had won?????
on July 21,2013 | 02:52PM
cojef wrote:
He deserve to win this tournament. Love this guy for his guts, but sometime he takes too many chances and beats himself when with a little caution could have won many tournaments. Also his off the course behavior is impleccable and a very devoted husband and Father. Congrats to him.
on July 21,2013 | 02:21PM
yellowginger wrote:
Yeah Phil!!!!!
on July 22,2013 | 07:30AM
IN OTHER NEWS