July 21, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Phil Mickelson celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Open Championship: Phil Mickelson Wins First Claret Jug

Phil Mickelson played a round of golf for the ages on Sunday afternoon, and won his first British Open, and the fifth Major Championship of his career. Lefty birdied four of the last six holes at Muirfield and secured a three shot victory in Gullane Scotland. He hit a perfect tee shot at the 16th hole that rolled back off the green, but the 43 year-old form Santa Fe, California hit two of the finest shots in any major at the par five 17th hole to put the tournament logically out of reach for anyone else in the field. The birdie at 18 became the icing on the cake.

You could see the look in Phil’s eyes during the final round that he wanted this championship badly. He shot 66 on Sunday, with only one bogey on his card which came at the tenth hole. Phil had his putter working in the final round, and with the difficulty of the golf course, was able to make some clutch par putts early in the round that made his birdie run on the back very special.

Lee Westwood started the day with the lead, and hung in during the front nine, but the back took its pound of flesh from the aging British star who has yet to get a major championship win. Westwood shot 74 on his day, and ended tied for third place with Ian Poulter, and Adam Scott at one over par.

Henrik Stenson shot a one under par 70, and took sole possession of second place. Tiger Woods finished in a tie for sixth place.

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