145th Open - Royal Troon 2016
The 145th Open at Royal Troon was one of the most dramatic Championships in its illustrious history.
The headline story of the first round of the final day was Phil Mickelson’s missed putt on the 18th hole as he chased a record-breaking round of 62. The ball looked destined to drop from the moment it left his putter, only to lip the hole at the final moment, leaving Mickelson to settle for a course record 63.
“I felt like this was going to be my turn”
The second round was played in murky, wet and windy weather. Taking advantage of an early start and the calmer breeze, Mickelson posted a round of 69 to take him to ten-under-par, while the later starters toiled in far more inclement conditions. However, Henrik Stenson carded a superb 65, the best round of the day, to move within one stroke of the 2013 Champion Golfer of the Year.
An absorbing third round saw Stenson and Mickelson pull clear of the pack, with a five shot gap back to JB Holmes in third place. The Swede registered a 68 to take the lead on twelve-under-par after the American posted a round of 70 to drop into second place one stroke back.
The final round may be remembered for some of the highest quality golf ever played in the Championship during a gripping dual between Stenson and Mickelson.
Stenson mastered his way around Royal Troon, posting a round of 63 that included ten birdies to win The 145th Open and become 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year. The winning margin was three strokes, Mickelson finishing with a 65.
Becoming Sweden's first ever Major Championship winner, Stenson shaved one shot off the record for the lowest final round by a winner of The Open, previously held by Greg Norman and his 64 at Royal St George's in 1993. He also set a new 72-hole Championship record of 264, twenty-under-par.