Henrik Stenson Beats Phil Mickelson in British Open Duel


Henrik Stenson enjoyed his birdie putt on No. 15 during Sunday’s final round.

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TROON, Scotland — Phil Mickelson has a documented history of runner-up finishes in major championships, having often endured memorable heartbreak on the final day of tournaments. But during the fourth round of this year’s British Open, after a surprising surge in the first three days of the tournament, Mickelson did not make a bogey and shot a six-under-par 65, the lowest score he has ever posted in the last round of a major.

It was not enough because his playing partner, Henrik Stenson, had a record-setting Sunday, becoming only the second golfer to win a major championship with a final round of 63 in beating Mickelson by two strokes. Stenson’s score of 20 under par for the tournament tied Jason Day’s record for the lowest winning score relative to par in a major. Stenson’s aggregate four-day score of 264 was also a record for a major championship.

With pluck, precision and a steely putting stroke under pressure, Stenson, 40, made 10 birdies on Sunday, to…

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