Does anybody really understand what we just witnessed over the weekend?
Phil Mickelson, a 5 time major champion, finished the Open Championship 11 shots clear of his closest pursuant competitor. It was a runaway. A scoring display for the ages. Much like Tiger Woods in the 2000 US Open. A thrashing. Shooting a 63(should have been a 62) to open and a 65 to close. Just brilliant.
But there was a problem. He lost.
Henrik Stenson shot 68-65-68-63-264 to win by THREE over Phil.
Stenson has always been a great competitor. 19 worldwide wins and 9 top 10s in majors during his very successful career. Add in his FedEx Cup victory and European Tour Race to Dubai in the same year, and he was extremely high up on the “Best player to never win a major” list. Well you can scratch him off that. He didn’t just win a major….he dominated one. Don’t be surprised if he gets 2 or 3 more.
Quick turnaround to the next major. 2 weeks til the PGA Championship. With the Olympics, FedEx Cup Playoffs, and Ryder Cup coming up too, we couldn’t ask for more as golf fans. What a stretch.