A Decade of The Open
Head-to-heads
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Three dynamic duels - three memorable Championships
Next up in our Decade of The Open series, we reflect on the head-to-heads that have inspired golf fans across the world in the last ten years.

Duel in the wind at Royal Troon in 2016

Stenson’s battle with Mickelson over the Ayrshire links will go down as one of the most historic head-to-heads in the history of The Open.

The 40-year-old, who also became the first Swede to lift the Claret Jug, started the final day one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson and carded an eight-under-par 63, featuring ten birdies, to claim a three-shot victory over the 2013 Champion Golfer of the Year on a 20-under-par 264.

“I feel very privileged to be the one to hold this trophy” Henrik Stenson, 2016 Champion Golfer

Ernie Els wins the Claret Jug for the second time in 2012

Ernie Els never led the 141st Open until the moment he won it. At a course where the South African felt he had let victories slip away in both 1996 and 2001, he closed superbly with a 68 that included an inward half of only 32 strokes.
“Amazing, I’m still numb. It’s just crazy. I really feel for my good buddy, Scottie.” Ernie els, 2012 champion golfer

Jordan Spieth pulled off one of the all time great finishes at The Open

Jordan Spieth showed remarkable resilience and skill to bounce back from a poor start to his final round in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale and secure a victory which ensured he joined the pantheon of Champion Golfers of the Year.