Well we have a new Open champion in Phil Mickelson, and what a worthy winner he was too! Having hung around in the mix all week, he somehow managed to muster up a final round 66 to win by three shots and in his own words was ‘The round of my life’.
It was all looking very tight at the top of the leaderboard with about two hours of play left, Woods never really got the putter going, Westwood looked calm but just made too many mistakes to win a tournament of this magnitude, and Adam Scott made a move and then faded away.
There was a charge from Ian Pouter in the middle of his round which saw him get to one off the lead with others still out on the course, but he couldn’t sustain it and was clubhouse leader for a while at one over par.
But Mickelson made a late charge birdieing four out of the last six holes including a tremendous three on the last to comfortably seal victory to the delight of his waiting family and coach Butch Harmon.
Although I would have loved to see an Englishman win The Open, I think Mickelson has been a great ambassador for the game of golf, and he seems like a really great guy too, so good luck to him, and I think he’s got a few more in him yet!