The “Duel at Troon” was one for the ages this last weekend at the 145th British Open, as golf’s oldest championship returned to Royal Troon Golf Club located in the Scottish shoreline town of Ayrshire. Phil Mickelson, looking for the 6th Major title of his Hall-of-Fame career (and 2nd British Open win for the American) battled over the final 2 days of the tournament against #6 world-ranked Henrik Stenson, who was seeking to become the first Swedish male golfer to win a Major golf championship.
After firing a 63 & 69 in the first 2 rounds to have the sole lead heading into the weekend, Mickelson was overcome by Stenson on Saturday as trailed by a single stroke leading into Sunday’s finale. What followed was an epic back-and-forth between the two, as both players combined for 9 birdies and an eagle over the first 8 holes, easily distancing themselves from the rest of the field and setting up a finish for the ages. Henrik finally broke through the back-and-forth with Phil, as some phenomenal shot making and putting helped him birdie 4 of the final 5 holes to win his first major and hoist the Claret Jug. Stenson’s final-round 63 and score of -20 to par tied Major championship records, and while Mickelson ended up finishing 3 strokes back in second place, his 11 shots clear of 3rd place finisher J.B. Holmes was also a new major golf record.
The jam-packed summer of 2016 continues with the PGA Championship when it returns to storied Baltusrol G.C. in northern New Jersey. With the first 3 majors of the year producing first-time Major champions, we can’t wait to see what lies ahead during the season’s final Major!