Phil Mickelson

2013 / Muirfield

Upon leaving the Marine Hotel in North Berwick on Sunday, Phil Mickelson announced to his wife Amy that he was going out to “bring home the Claret Jug”.

No matter that the American started the day five strokes behind Lee Westwood, he was as good as his word - finally earning the Champion Golfer of the Year crown at Muirfield.

It was a typically daring late charge of four birdies in the last six holes that made Mickelson only the second left-hander to win The Open, 50 years exactly after Sir Bob Charles.

For much of the day the attention was on the brief fireworks of Ian Poulter, Adam Scott’s surge with four birdies in five holes, followed by four bogeys in a row, Westwood’s woes in the bunkers as his lead slipped away and Henrik Stenson’s quest for a first Swedish major. Suddenly the rest were forgotten as Mickelson swept through the field.

He birdied the 13th and 14th holes, hit two mighty 3-woods to the par-5 17th and two-putted, and then closed with a glorious 3 at the 18th accompanied by a thunderous ovation.

He was home in 32 for a 66, the lowest closing round by a Champion at Muirfield and matching Zach Johnson from the opening round as the best score of the week.

He won by three from Stenson and was the only player to finish under par on the sun-baked Muirfield course.

Only a month earlier Mickelson had suffered a heart-breaking runner-up finish for the sixth time at the US Open but the week previously he had overcome a career of indifferent links form to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Now he had won The Open on his 20th appearance, a distinction he shared with Darren Clarke.

“This is a day and a moment I will cherish forever,” said Mickelson. “I played arguably the best round of my career.”

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Phil MICKELSON
1
69
74
72
66
281
-3
2
70
70
74
70
284
-
T3
72
71
75
67
285
1
Adam SCOTT
T3
71
72
70
72
285
1
T3
72
68
70
75
285
1
T6
71
73
72
70
286
2
T6
66
75
73
72
286
2
T6
69
71
72
74
286
2
T9
69
74
72
72
287
3
Hunter MAHAN
T9
72
72
68
75
287
3
Brandt SNEDEKER
T11
68
79
69
72
288
4
Angel CABRERA
T11
69
72
73
74
288
4
T13
74
70
74
71
289
5
T13
68
71
77
73
289
5
Eduardo DE LA RIVA
T15
73
73
75
69
290
6
Harris ENGLISH
T15
74
71
75
70
290
6
T15
75
68
76
71
290
6
T15
75
72
72
71
290
6
T15
74
73
72
71
290
6
T15
75
74
70
71
290
6
Stephen GALLACHER
T21
76
70
76
69
291
7
T21
72
71
76
72
291
7
Richard STERNE
T21
75
75
68
73
291
7
T21
67
74
76
74
291
7
T21
75
73
68
75
291
7
Jason DUFNER
T26
72
77
76
67
292
8
T26
72
75
76
69
292
8
Jonas BLIXT
T26
72
78
73
69
292
8
Steven TILEY
T26
72
75
73
72
292
8
T26
81
69
70
72
292
8
T26
74
74
70
74
292
8
Oliver FISHER
T32
70
78
77
68
293
9
Shane LOWRY
T32
74
74
75
70
293
9
Fred COUPLES
T32
75
74
73
71
293
9
YE YANG
T32
78
70
73
72
293
9
Thongchai JAIDEE
T32
79
71
71
72
293
9
T32
70
73
77
73
293
9
Bud CAULEY
T32
74
75
71
73
293
9
Martin KAYMER
T32
72
74
72
75
293
9
T32
68
72
76
77
293
9
T32
73
71
72
77
293
9
Jamie DONALDSON
T32
74
71
71
77
293
9
Ryan MOORE
T32
72
70
72
79
293
9
Bo VAN PELT
T44
76
73
77
68
294
10
Tim Clark
T44
72
76
76
70
294
10
Martin LAIRD
T44
70
71
81
72
294
10
Freddie JACOBSON
T44
72
75
75
72
294
10
T44
73
76
73
72
294
10
Geoff OGILVY
T44
75
75
72
72
294
10
Mark BROWN
T44
77
73
72
72
294
10
KJ CHOI
T44
76
74
71
73
294
10
T44
69
74
76
75
294
10
Shingo KATAYAMA
T44
73
77
69
75
294
10
T54
73
75
77
70
295
11
Marcus FRASER
T54
73
74
76
72
295
11
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO
T54
70
79
73
73
295
11
Carl PETTERSSON
T54
74
76
70
75
295
11
T58
67
78
77
74
296
12
Richie RAMSAY
T58
76
74
72
74
296
12
Boo WEEKLEY
T58
74
76
71
75
296
12
T58
68
77
75
76
296
12
Graeme McDOWELL
T58
75
71
73
77
296
12
Johnson WAGNER
T58
73
72
73
78
296
12
T64
74
71
80
72
297
13
Chris WOOD
T64
75
75
75
72
297
13
Branden GRACE
T64
74
71
77
75
297
13
T64
73
70
77
77
297
13
Bernd WIESBERGER
T64
71
74
75
77
297
13
Gregory BOURDY
T64
76
70
74
77
297
13
Ken DUKE
T64
70
77
73
77
297
13
Gareth WRIGHT
T71
71
78
75
74
298
14
George COETZEE
T71
76
71
75
76
298
14
Shiv KAPUR
T73
68
77
83
71
299
15
KT KIM
T73
73
76
77
73
299
15
Russell HENLEY
T73
78
71
75
75
299
15
Jimmy MULLEN
T73
71
78
75
75
299
15
T73
69
81
70
79
299
15
Thomas BJORN
T73
73
74
72
80
299
15
Kevin STREELMAN
T79
74
71
82
73
300
16
Mikko ILONEN
T79
72
78
76
74
300
16
Peter SENIOR
T79
74
76
73
77
300
16
Josh TEATER
82
72
77
75
77
301
17
Graham DELAET
83
76
72
76
79
303
19
84
76
72
80
79
307
23
Oscar FLOREN
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Alvaro QUIROS
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
69
-
-
-
M/C
Michael THOMPSON
M/C
72
79
-
-
-
M/C
Bill HAAS
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Marcel SIEM
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
George MURRAY
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas AIKEN
M/C
71
80
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
79
-
-
-
M/C
Nicolas COLSAERTS
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Camilo VILLEGAS
M/C
72
79
-
-
-
M/C
Niclas FASTH
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jim FURYK
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Luke DONALD
M/C
80
72
-
-
-
M/C
Hiroyuki FUJITA
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Justin HARDING
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Stephen DARTNALL
M/C
80
72
-
-
-
M/C
Marc WARREN
M/C
72
80
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Nick WATNEY
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
80
-
-
-
M/C
Hyung-Sung KIM
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Toru TANIGUCHI
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
D A POINTS
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ben STOW
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ashun WU
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Robert GARRIGUS
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
John SENDEN
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Garrick PORTEOUS
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
Vijay SINGH
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Gareth MAYBIN
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Robert KARLSSON
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Scott STALLINGS
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
David LYNN
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
80
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
John HUH
M/C
74
80
-
-
-
M/C
Kenichi KUBOYA
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Darryn LLOYD
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Richard MCEVOY
M/C
73
82
-
-
-
M/C
Steven JEFFRESS
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
John WADE
M/C
74
81
-
-
-
M/C
Thaworn WIRATCHANT
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Lucas GLOVER
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Brett RUMFORD
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Scott JAMIESON
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Lloyd SALTMAN
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
80
-
-
-
M/C
Tano GOYA
M/C
75
81
-
-
-
M/C
Brendan JONES
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Steven FOX
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Matteo MANASSERO
M/C
76
81
-
-
-
M/C
Daisuke MARUYAMA
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
85
-
-
-
M/C
Brian DAVIS
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Luke GUTHRIE
M/C
78
80
-
-
-
M/C
Grant FORREST
M/C
73
86
-
-
-
M/C
Makoto INOUE
M/C
83
76
-
-
-
M/C
Scott BROWN
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Rhys PUGH
M/C
84
77
-
-
-
M/C
Satoshi KODAIRA
M/C
80
81
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
79
-
-
-
M/C
Scott PIERCY
M/C
74
88
-
-
-
M/C
WD
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Peter HANSON
WD
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
WD
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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