TROON, Scotland — In an astounding toe-to-toe slugfest on Royal Troon’s ancient, rumpled ground, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson were two old men battling by the sea.
With each birdie traded and every gut-wrenching par exchanged on a magical Sunday by the Firth of Clyde, the pair of 40-somethings didn’t give an inch in a battle for the ages and for the title in the 145th edition of the British Open. Stenson becomes the first Swedish man to win a major. His final-round 63 gave him a total of 264, 20 under for the tournament. It’s the lowest 72-hole score in major championship history. His 63 matched Johnny Miller for the lowest closing round by a major champion.
Stenson also broke Tiger Woods’ record (-19) for lowest winning total in the British Open. Woods did it in 2000 at St. Andrews.
Mickelson, 46, put up a good fight, finishing second with a final round of 65 and three shots back. He was seeking his first victory since…