Posted July 17, 2017 in Lifestyle by Trevor Cigich
As legends go, the battle at Royal Troon between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson during the 145th Open is bound to rank near the top of most lists that golf historians ascribe to such things. One year after the event unfolded, the excitement still continues.
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson, two players who had different things to prove but who shared the common bond of both being in their 40’s, an age group to which most people will say that major championships are not available, Nicklaus notwithstanding.
But during the 145th open they proved that, as it is often said in the game of golf, the golf ball doesn’t know how old you are. Stenson, 40, and Mickelson, 46, played superb, nearly flawless golf, not just in the final round but for 72 holes. Stenson shooting a final-round 63 was not the entire story but it knocked the field on its heels. The third-place finisher, J.B. Holmes, was a mind-boggling 14 shots behind Stenson.
Stenson was 0-for-his-career in major championship victories and he knew all too well that he wouldn’t be playing in these forever and that his chances diminished each year he didn’t win one.
Mickelson, at 46, had five majors to his credit and he might never get a better opportunity than that to have taken No. 6. He shot a bogey-free 65 in the last group on Sunday and lost.
But a year’s time has passed and the stage is now set for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale along with Phil’s chance at redemption.
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