Stenson Wins The Open In Style !
Henrik Stenson won the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in style as he finished with a final round of 63 that included 10 birdies to finish on -20 with a four round total of 264. This is the lowest score in Open history as Stenson became the first Swede to win a Major at Royal Troon. Stenson, who wore a black ribbon on his hat all week, dedicated his win to his friend Mike Gerbich who sadly lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. Stenson said: “This one is dedicated to him, for sure. I felt like he was there with me this week.”
Phil Mickelson shot a bogey free final round of 65 that included 4 birdies and an eagle to finish at -17, although it was not enough to catch Stenson who finished 3 ahead of him. Mickelson said: “I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I’m happy that he did. I’m disappointed that it was at my expense.”
Mickelson took the lead after a 2 shot swing at the first hole and he was level with five holes left to play before Stenson birdied 14, 15 and 16 to create a 3 shot gap that prevailed to the end of play. This is Mickelson’s 11th runner-up spot in a Major.
American J.B. Holmes finished in 3rd place with a final round of 69 to finish at -6, 11 shots behind Mickelson.
American Steve Stricker shot a 69 to finish at -5, one shot ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton.
Englishman Andrew Johnston who had shown early promise finished at -3, one shot ahead of Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Americans Bill Haas and Dustin Johnson.
Martin Kaymer shot a final round of 74 to finish at +3 and tied 36.
All in all a fantastic week of golf at Royal Troon and a great win and new record for Henrik Stenson.