Another time Mickelson would have won

In respect of golf, it will be pretty understated. He always wants to know how to get better.

Henrik Stenson said he had a feeling he would finally win his first Major this week after seeing off Phil Mickelson in a thrilling climax at the British Open on Sunday. Phil Mickelson is certainly in the same pantheon as Nicklaus and Watson, the three are all-time greats. "If he had shot 10 over and won, he would have been delighted", Lord said. Because we honestly had no idea. "It was a little hard, I thought starting out, but the back nine had really calmed down right as we made the turn, and we were able to make some birdies coming in". Perhaps Mickelson described the outcome best, saying, "I hit a lot of good shots, and Henrik made 10 birdies".

Mickelson played one of the best rounds I have ever seen played in the Open and Stenson just played better. He drove the ball well; his iron game was great; his short game was wonderful; and his putting was great. But Henrik was simply terrific.

"To win your first major championship is something special in and of itself, but to do it in the fashion Henrik did it in, makes for something very special and incredibly memorable".

Middle Tennessee senior Samantha Gotcher and 20-year old Australian Elizabeth Elmassian tied for third (6 over). Jack and Arnie at the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont, when Nicklaus defeated Palmer in an 18-hole playoff to capture his first of 18 majors, just down the road from Arnie's hometown.

"I've known Grant years and he caddies for Daniel Berger now over in the US". "Henrik said: 'Enjoy that".

Going into the Sunday finale, the two were separated by 1-stroke. I said to him at the awards 'You're not seriously going to accept this are you?' He stuttered a bit and said he would mention the other coaches.

Despite the ultimately emphatic nature of Stenson's victory, there were several moments of anxiety.

"There's always been that little spell somehow on Swedish male golfers to win a major, so for him to break it-and that spell-was incredible for him", Sorenstam, who watched the tournament from her family home in NY, tells Newsweek.

Stenson held the claret jug and told Mickelson at the closing ceremony, "Thank you very much for a great fight".

"It was 280m, 308 yards to that bunker and the wind was a hair from behind", Lord said.

Low scores on Thursday were the product of a glorious day on the west coast of Scotland. 'It will be fine, won't it?' he asked. He's got a 30 per cent chance of winning then and that's what he doesn't win as often as he should.

"We've been friends for some time".

Add in the loss of millions of dollars in disgraced financier Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme in 2009, as well as some serious health problems - including one caused by a parasite picked up on holiday - and Stenson's recovery is all the more remarkable.

It just proves that in this maddening game, sometimes the stars align, sometimes a player is so inspired he becomes a giant. It set the stage for Sunday, and gave us a glimpse of what was to come.

"But we still had to do it. Phil hit a putt on 16 that looked in all the way and missed".

Mickelson's 17-under total would have won all but two Opens over the last century. "Then we ended up a foot and a half from the bunker on 18". "It makes it even more special to beat a competitor like Phil".

Willett is predominantly under the tuition of Mike Walker, Cowen's right-hand man for the last 12 years.

"Jordan Spieth did our heads in, in the nicest possible sense".

"Henrik has got three types of shots: good, very good and exceptional or flawless". You need to remember there were eight second places [for Stenson] in 2015. "I reminded him on Sunday night".

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