He may not have been at the top of the leaderboard for most of the 2013 British Open, but with a spectacular 5-under-par performance on Sunday, Phil Mickelson earned his first career Open title and fifth overall major championship. For Mickelson, it all started with his eight-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 13th hole, which ended up being just one of his four birdies in the last six holes.
“I putted soooo good,” Mickelson said shortly after his round on Sunday.
Henrik Stenson finished second place three strokes behind the winner, but his one-over performance on the back nine just didn’t cut it. Ian Poulter shot an impressive 67 on Sunday, and was one of the most impressive golfers of the day.
Adam Scott also took the lead with a birdie on 13, but a four-bogey stretch that closely followed that would all but eliminate him from contention. Lee Westwood, like Scott, would struggle towards the latter portion of his round and couldn’t find a way to catch Mickelson.
The next two American golfers to finish would be Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods, who shot a 72 and 74, respectively. Woods, who was one of the favorites coming into the round, wound up with six bogeys on Sunday and fought to gain momentum the whole day.