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

(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.

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.
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)
Tiger Woods of the United States walks off the practice putting green prior to his final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Tiger Woods of the United States walks off the practice putting green prior to his final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (Jon Super)
Tiger Woods of the United States, left, shakes hands with Lee Westwood of England on the 18th green after their third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Saturday July 20, 2013.
Tiger Woods of the United States, left, shakes hands with Lee Westwood of England on the 18th green after their third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Saturday July...   (Scott Heppell)
Matt Kuchar of the United States plays off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Matt Kuchar of the United States plays off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (Scott Heppell)
Shingo Katayama of Japan gestures after playing off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Shingo Katayama of Japan gestures after playing off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (Scott Heppell)
Lee Westwood of England waves to the crowd before playing off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Lee Westwood of England waves to the crowd before playing off the first tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (Peter Morrison)
Phil Mickelson celebrates his final putt on the 18th green during the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Phil Mickelson celebrates his final putt on the 18th green during the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Phil Mickelson reacts after saving par on the 16th hole of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.
Phil Mickelson reacts after saving par on the 16th hole of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Phil Mickelson drives off the third tee during the final round of the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Phil Mickelson drives off the third tee during the final round of the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday, July 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Phil Mickelson holds up the Claret Jug after winning the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Phil Mickelson holds up the Claret Jug after winning the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday, July 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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