PHOENIX - You knew it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, Phil Mickelson was going to surprise us all and win another major championship. I just didn't think it would be this one!
Mickelson was in ninth place to start Sunday's final round action at Muirfield, but somehow managed to put together his best closing round ever, nailing four birdies over the final six holes to close with a five under par, 66 and win the British Open for the first time ever!
"This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop my game to play links golf effectively, " Mickelson said after his 43rd win on tour. "To play the best round, arguably of my career, to putt better than I've ever putted, to shoot the round of my life, it feels amazing to win the Claret Jug."
With Lee Westwood sitting with a commanding two shot lead heading into today's final round and Tiger Woods sitting just two strokes back, it looked like this one would be a shoot-out between Westwood and Woods. Something, by the way, that Westwood was excited about. But that dual never materialized and while everyone was watching Woods, along came Mickelson to steal the show.
Westwood wrapped up the day in a tie for third place, while Woods finished in a disappointing sixth. Woods' last win in a major came back in 2008 at the U.S. Open, so he's been in a slump for a long time now. He's now gone 17 majors without winning and is still stuck at 14 major wins, 4 behind Jack Nicklaus' 18.
Mickelson on the other hand, came off a win last week at the Scottish Open and did something nobody had ever done: win a major the week after winning another tournament.
With the win, Mickelson moves back to number two in the world rankings, a place he hasn't been in for nearly three years.
Congratulations to former ASU All-American and Phoenix Open Champion, Mickelson! He will always be a fan favorite here in Phoenix!