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Mickelson wins his first ever British Open

Shooting "probably the best round of my career", Mickelson fired a 5-under 67 on an unbelievable back-nine that saw him roar ahead of the likes of Adam Scott and Lee Westwood to win the British Open on Sunday.

An unlikely outcome seemed impossible at the start of the day, as Mickelson began his final round five strokes behind the leader, and much of the talk was about Westwood vs Tiger Woods.

But with four birdies on the last six holes, including a critical par save at the par-3 16th, Mickelson was able to keep his head well all about them were losing theirs. The Ameircan was the only player in the field to finish under par, doubly impressive as he has never previously favoured links golf.

"This is such an accomplishment because I never knew whether I'd be able to develop my game to play links golf," said Mickelson.

"I played arguably the best round of my career, and shot the round of my life. It's such a difficult six-hole finish, I putted so good. It feels amazing."

He added: "The range of emotions I feel are as far apart as possible after losing the US Open. But you have to be resilient in this game. These last couple of weeks, these last couple of months, I've played some of the best golf of my career."

Tiger Woods was another with plenty riding on this tournament. The World No1 has found major No15 a nearly insurmountable task and has still failed to secure the 'W' since his well reported marital break-down and injury woes.

He came closer than most on the weekend, just two behind Westwood at the start of Sunday but like so many others he was bested by Muirfield, ending the day with a 74 for two over.

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