Jul 17th, 2016
Henrik Stenson wins the Open
Long awaited first Major for the Swede
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Henrik Stenson won his first Major Championship beating Phil Mickelson in record-breaking fashion in an amazing final round of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
Stenson came into round four with a one-shot advantage over Mickelson but the duo were tied at the top of the leaderboard with five holes to play as they went blow-for-blow in an enthralling contest.
A birdie on the par three 14th moved Stenson ahead and when he holed a remarkable 51-foot effort on the next, the pair were separated by two shots for the first time all day.
A brilliant up-and-down followed to maintain the gap and Stenson birdied the last to finish at 20 under with a 63 and beat Mickelson by three shots.
Stenson had finished second behind Mickelson at Muirfield in 2013 but the circumstances were very different here as the pair played together in the final group on Saturday and Sunday to produce a duel of the highest quality and drama.