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Mickelson Not Close to Being Over Runner-Up in British Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 19:03 Tuesday, 26 July 2016 18:55

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Tom Canavan/AP) — If you thought two weeks was enough time for Phil Mickelson to get over his second-place finish in the British Open duel with Henrik Stenson, guess again.

Lefty said it’s going to take a long time to get over the British Open, probably longer than any of his other excruciating losses in a major.

The hurt and disappointment wasn’t because Mickelson missed out on either his sixth major or his first win since the 2013 British Open. This was the first time the 46-year-old Mickelson played his best, and it wasn’t good enough.

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Mickelson Likes a Major Where Emphasis Isn’t on Par

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:03 Tuesday, 19 July 2016 18:56

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

TROON, Scotland (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Even during a week when the USGA didn’t have a championship, it still came under scrutiny by way of comparisons.

With a forecast of gusts topping 30 mph for the third round, the R&A finished its morning preparation of Royal Troon and decided not to cut or roll the putting surfaces in case the wind got out of hand. The greens were slower, though links putting surfaces typically are not fast.

The result was low scoring and quick pace of play. Henrik Stenson, who has a recent history of being put on the clock, and Phil Mickelson finished the final round in just under four hours. The threesomes during the opening two rounds were finishing well under five hours.

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Stenson Wins Duel with Mickelson to Claim British Open

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 02:51 Monday, 18 July 2016 02:34

Henrik StensonCanadian Press

TROON, Scotland (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Henrik Stenson is the champion golfer of the year, thanks to a final round for the ages.

He kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, and he needed each one to stay ahead of Phil Mickelson in a British Open duel that ranked among the best in major championship history.

Stenson made 10 birdies, including a 50-foot putt across the 15th green that had him pumping his fist in a rare show of emotion Sunday.

The final stroke in this masterpiece was a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that curled into the cup on the final turn. It gave him an 8-under 63, tying Johnny Miller at Oakmont for the greatest closing round by a major champion, and Stenson didn’t even realize it until he sat down to sign his card.

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Woods to Sit Out British Open and Miss Another Major

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:39 Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:35

Tiger Woods at the 2014 British OpenCanadian Press

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods is out of the British Open, the first time he has sat out three majors in one year.

The R&A announcement that the 14-time major champion has withdrawn was not a surprise. Woods has not played in nearly a year as he recovers from two back operations. He has given little indication when he will be healthy enough to return.

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Billy Hurley III to Skip British Open for Sister’s Wedding

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:18 Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:13

Billy Hurley IIICanadian Press

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Billy Hurley III wouldn’t miss his sister’s wedding for anything — not even the British Open.

Hurley won for the first time on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National and earned a spot at Royal Troon. One problem: Saturday of the Open is the same day his sister, Megan, is getting married in Virginia.

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