Mickelson Dazzles in British Open Win
Comes from 5 strokes behind in fantastic final round
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Shingo Katayama of Japan walks away after playing off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.    (Jon Super)

(Newser) – Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish. Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 today to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug. The celebration began while there were still four groups on the course. Lefty birdied four of the last six holes, capped by a 10-footer at the tough 18th to claim his fifth major title. As soon as the ball dropped in the cup, Mickelson pumped his fists in triumph, knowing it would be hard for anyone to chase down his 3-under 281 total. He headed off to hug his wife and kids while his caddie broke down in tears.

Lee Westwood started the day with a two-stroke lead but his chances ended when he failed to make eagle at the 17th. Adam Scott briefly held the outright lead on the back side, but four straight bogeys ended his hopes of a second major title.

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BenDunn
Jul 22, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
As USAToday could not get enough of Tiger this weekend they never posted a story with Phils name , they posted Tiger misses chance to ,, What ever had to read through second paragraph to find who won! I guess they just could not take it, tiger loses Again!!!
Falcon269
Jul 21, 2013 10:53 PM CDT
Nice Guys do not always finish last. Mickelson is a family man you can believe in and that makes his golf excellence even sweeter. Congratulations, Phil.
1492
Jul 21, 2013 7:53 PM CDT
Tiger Woods. Unable to cross the finish line again. He will one day. Today is Phil Mickelson's day. Tiger, the most prolific golfer of all time. Phil Mickelson, the greatest champion golfer of all time. Who would have guessed that after the disappointing Six times runnerup at Merion's U.S. Open, he would come back and win the most important major ever. The Open Championship aka British Open. Played at Muirfield the First Golf Course in the world. Just as you saw him autographing and smiling with his fans, he offered me the same. I am so very proud to have met him, he gave me some 3 to 5 minutes of his time at the Phoenix Open a long time ago. I told him then that he was destined to be a super champion. He thanked me with that same little hat's off that he does. His beautiful face, smile and eyes do not deceive anyone. It comes from within his heart. He is the real thing. Phil Mickelson, the Peoples Champion. All champions are my friends, but this one is just so special. 1492