Final Round at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's
January 30, 2012
1 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Darren Clarke held off Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win the Open by three strokes.
2 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Clarke won his first major at 42 years old. "I always believed I would get myself back up here," Clarke said. "I always believed I had enough talent to challenge and win one."
3 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Clarke struggled with his putter on Saturday, but he was solid with the flatstick in the final round.
4 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
With a four-shot lead on the 72nd hole, Clarke enjoyed his walk down the 18th fairway.
5 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Phil Mickelson made a run at the claret jug, but he stumbled on the back nine and finished tied for second.
6 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
Mickelson came out on fire with four birdies and an eagle through 10 holes.
7 of 17Thomas Lovelock/SI
Mickelson couldn't sustain his run on the back nine. He missed a short par putt on 12, and Mickelson made three more bogeys coming in. "It was just a dumb, mental error," Mickelson said of his short miss.
8 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Dustin Johnson had a chance to catch Clarke, but Johnson hit his second shot out of bounds on the par-5 14th hole and made a double bogey. Johnson tied for second. "The more I learn, the more I understand my game and what happens in this situation," Johnson said.
9 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Rickie Fowler tied for fifth for his best finish in a major so far in his young career.
10 of 17Thomas Lovelock/SI
Anthony Kim has struggled ever since having thumb surgery last year, but he finished fifth to record his second top 10 of the season.
11 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Tom Lewis faded from contention after a 65 on Thursday, but he did finish as the low amateur.
12 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
Thomas Bjorn made the field as an alternate and finished fourth.
13 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Miguel Angel Jimenez lost any hope of winning after a triple bogey on No. 4.
14 of 17Thomas Lovelock/SI
Martin Kaymer dropped out of contention with four bogeys on the front nine. He tied for 12th.
15 of 17Toby Melville/Reuters
Tom Watson shot a two-over 72 to finish in the top 25 at age 61.
16 of 17Toby Melville/Reuters
Sergio Garcia had his second-straight top-10 finish in a major.
17 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Tiger Woods wasn't at the British Open, but he did have at least one fan at Royal St. George's.
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