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Mickelson wins Open with late charge
updated 4:57 PM EDT, Sun July 21, 2013
It's a dramatic final day at Muirfield. Another birdie on the 18th puts Phil Mickelson in the driving seat to win his first British Open title.
Birdie does it
Heartache and handshake
- American Phil Mickelson wins the British Open at Muirfield by three shots
- A final five-under-par round of 66 helped the left-hander to his first British Open title
- Swede Henrik Stenson was second with Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott third
- Tiger Woods dropped back to joint sixth on two over for the tournament with a final round 74
(CNN) -- All the talk at Muirfield has been about which drought would be broken.
Would world No. 1 Tiger Woods win his first major in five years? Could Lee Westwood complete his 18-year quest for a major title?
No-one talked much about Phil Mickelson, on his own personal mission to end a British Open quest that began in 1991 at Royal Birkdale.
But at the 20th time of asking, the man known as 'Lefty' produced some of the most dynamic golf of his career to electrify the galleries and finally wrap his hands round the Claret Jug.
Four birdies on the final six holes saw Mickelson surge up the leaderboard, his last on the 18th green prompting tears as the enormity of his achievement sunk in.
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