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Phil's 17 Under Would Have Won All But This Many British Opens

Henrik Stenson Wins 2016 British Open
Henrik Stenson out-dueled Phil Mickelson Sunday at Royal Troon to capture the 2016 Open Championship, his first major title.

Phil Mickelson played one of the best major rounds of his career by shooting a six-under 65 on Sunday at Royal Troon, but Henrik Stenson was nearly perfect.

Stenson shot an eight-under 63 to beat Mickelson by three in the 145th British Open, handing Lefty his 11th runner-up finish in a major. But how many British Opens would Mickelson have won with his six-under tally? A lot.

In fact, for a tournament that's been around since 1860, Mickelson's 17-under score would have been good enough to win every other British Open except for four.

Only Rory McIlroy (17 under, 2014), Tiger Woods (19 under, 2000; 18 under, 2006) and Nick Faldo (18 under, 1990) won with scores of 17 under or better.


Phil Mickelson touched the glass around the claret jug prior to his Sunday round, but Henrik Stenson had his hands on the trophy after 72 holes.


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