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Scott stumbles as Mickelson takes The Open

American fan favourite Phil Mickelson clinched this morning’s Open Championship, shooting a tournament low 66 to grasp the Claret Jug for the first time.

He finished the week as the only player under par, with a dazzling approach and converted birdie on the 72nd hole giving him a three-shot winning margin over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to win this great championship and to play probably the best round of my career, and hit some of the best shots that I’ve ever hit,” Mickelson said.

He knew what he had to do going into Sunday’s round, and he came through in a big way – in a manner in which he described as “special”.

“I thought, you know, I need to bring my A-game today. I just need to bring it. I need to show up and play some of my best golf. And I did. I played some of the best golf of my career. It feels amazing to have this championship,” he said.

Australia’s Adam Scott – for the second year in a row at the Open – made a quad of bogeys on the back nine to shoot his way out of contention late on the final day.

On a week that had been labelled his second chance at redemption – after already taking the US Masters in April – it was a sense of déjà vu for Scott.

At one stage tied for the lead with Mickelson, he made bogeys at 13, 14, 15 and 16 to eventually finish at one-over, in a tie for third with Ian Poulter and overnight leader Lee Westwood.

Westwood, still searching for that elusive first major, led by three shots heading into the final round, off the back of a magical putting display.

But he made just one birdie on Sunday, on his way to a 75.

World Number One Tiger Woods fired a final round 74 to finish five shots adrift of Mickelson, settling into a tie for sixth with first round leader Zack Johnson.

Rory McIlroy, who had begun to string together some improved performances, couldn’t recover from a horror first round, and missed the cut.

This Open victory becomes Mickelson’s fifth major win, and is the stepping stone for his quest for the career grand slam, which will begin at Pinehurst, the site of the 2014 US Open.

The American national championship remains the only major to have eluded him thus far.

 

 

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