TROON, Scotland — Phil Mickelson joked Thursday that the golf gods had kept him from being the only player to shoot a 62 in a major championship, his bid on the final hole at Royal Troon in the 145th British Open somehow staying out of the hole and setting up camp on the lip of the cup.
On Sunday, Henrik Stenson looked immortal and kept a second Claret Jug out of Mickelson’s hands.
Despite a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65 playing in the final group in the final round of a major, Mickelson wound up three shots shy of Stenson, who shot the 29th 63 in a major and became just the second player, after Johnny Miller, to shoot that number in the final round to win a major.
Stenson made 10 birdies and finished at 20 under to win his maiden major, shattering Mickelson’s heart and records along the way, including the lowest total ever shot in a major and the lowest score in relation to par in Open history.
“It’s probably the best I’ve played and not won,” said Mickelson, who was…