GULLANE, Scotland – Redemption for Phil Mickelson in a major golf tournament would take six weeks and a trip to another continent.
Of course a strong final round helped too.
After losing a lead in the final day of the US Open in June, Mickelson rallied in the final 18 holes of the British Open to pick up his first career win in the event-one of the four crown events of the golf season.
Mickelson shot a five-under 66 to climb over third-round leader Lee Westwood for the fifth major victory of the 43-year old golfer’s career. Henrik Stenson finished alone in second at even par, three shots back of the first-time British Open champion.
Westwood, who came in with a chance to win his first career major, had to settle for a tie for third with Adam Scott and Ian Poulter. Tiger Woods, who entered the day in a tie for second, finished with a three-over 74 on the day which put him in a tie for sixth place.