Mickelson Comes From Behind To Win British Open

1:03 PM, Jul 21, 2013   |    comments
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GULLANE, Scotland - One way to recover from the heartbreak of a record sixth runner-up finish in the U.S. Open is to win the very next major.

That's how Phil Mickelson sees it.

Mickelson fired a final-round 5-under 66 to finish at 3 under par at Muirfield Golf Club and win the British Open for the first time. He was five shots behind 54-hole leader Lee Westwood when the day began.

"This is the greatest feeling I've had in the game," Mickelson said. "It's probably the greatest round of my career."

As he walked off the green at 18, Mickelson embraced his caddie, Jim Mackay, who was in tears, then he embraced his family.

It was a fabulous finish for Mickelson, who walked off the course Thursday complaining about the setup at Muirfield. He closed by making birdies on four of his last six holes.

This was the major Mickelson had so rarely been close, except for 2011 when he tied for second.

"This is such an accomplishment for me," Mickelson said. "I never knew if I'd be able to develop the game and the shots to play links golf effectively. To play what is arguably the best round of my career, to putt the way I putted, to shoot the round of my life, it just feels amazing to win the Claret Jug."

It's Mickelson's fifth major championship - along with his three Masters (2004, '06, '10), one PGA Championship ('05).A month ago, Mickelson finished second to Justin Rose at Merion Golf Club after holding at least a share of the lead through three rounds.

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