Henrik Stenson Beats Out Phil Mickelson To Win The 2016 Open Championship

In the closest final round dual of the golf season, Henrik Stenson found a way to oust Phil Mickelson with two straight birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to win The 2016 Open Championship. It marks the first major win of Stenson's career.

Stenson began the final round leading Mickelson by one stroke, and they were so far ahead from everyone else that everyone else was simply playing for third on Sunday. 

Both players were tied throughout much of the round and seemingly matched shot for shot through the first 13 holes, but Stenson finally took control down the stretch with a birdie on the 14th hole - which he followed with this gem for another birdie on 15:

Stenson finished with a 63 in the final round, tying the record for the lowest total every shot in a single round at a major. He also broke the record for the lowest cumulative score ever shot at The Open.

Mickelson tried to pick up lost ground down the stretch, but was unable to do anything other than par the last three holes - but he still finished with the lowest final round in a major in his career (65).

Here's how the top five finished:

1. Henrik Stenson (-20)
2. Phil Mickelson (-17)
3. J.B. Holmes (-6)
4. Steve Stricker (-5)
T5. Sergio Garcia (-4)
T5. Rory McIlroy (-4)
T5. Tyrrell Hatton (-4)

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