2016 British Open: Record-Breaking Win by Stenson

Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory after the winning putt on the 18th green during the final round on day four of the 2016 Open Championship
Henrik Stenson raises his hands in victory on the final green after winning the 2016 British Open. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Henrik Stenson played one of the greatest final rounds in major championship history to outduel Phil Mickelson and win the 2016 British Open.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Henrik Stenson, 264
  • Dates: July 14-17, 2016
  • Golf course: Royal Troon
  • Open Championship number: This was the 145th time the championship was played.

Plenty of Firsts and Bests by Stenson

Henrik Stenson claimed his first major championship victory by three shots over runner-up Phil Mickelson, and in so doing Stenson set or tied several big scoring records:

And Stenson also became the first Swede to win one of the men's majors.

How Stenson Beat Mickelson to Win the 2016 Open

It was Mickelson who set Royal Troon afire first, shooting his own 63 in the first round. Stenson carded a 68 in the opening round, then followed that with a 65. Another 68 in the third round gave Stenson a 1-stroke lead over Mickelson, the 2013 British Open winner, heading into the final round.

And it was a 2-man race: Stenson and Mickelson began the final day a half-dozen shots in front, and only pulled away. The eventual third-place finisher, J.B.

Holmes, was 11 behind Mickelson and 14 behind Stenson.

Stenson and Mickelson battled for most of the last day, exchanging the lead several times early on, spending more time tied. Both played great, hitting fairways, hitting greens, making putts, sinking lots of birdies.

Mickelson - who was bogey-free in the final round - birdied the first hole, eagled the fourth and birdied the six.

He shot 32 over the front nine.

But Stenson recovered from an opening-hole bogey to make birdies on five of the next seven holes and also shot 32 on the front nine. He led Mickelson by one at the turn.

When Stenson bogied the 11th, the two were tied again. But Stenson then reeled off three consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16, taking a 2-stroke lead.

When Stenson birdied the 18th hole, he matched the major scoring record of 63 and secured the tournament and major championship records of 264, beating Mickelson by three. It was only the second time ever at a major that the winner closed with a 63.

For Mickelson, a 5-time major winner, it was his 11th career runner-up finish in a major. That was second all-time at this point to Jack Nicklaus' 19 runner-ups.

The 72-hole major scoring record that Stenson broke was David Toms' 265 at the 2001 PGA Championship. And who was runner-up in that tournament? Mickelson.

This was Stenson's fifth overall victory on the PGA Tour and his 11th on the European Tour.

2016 Open Championship Scores

Here are the final scores from the 2016 British Open, played at Royal Troon Golf Club (par-71) in Troon, South Ayshire, Scotland:

Henrik Stenson68-65-68-63--264$1,549,590
Phil Mickelson63-69-70-65--267$890,190
J.B. Holmes70-70-69-69--278$571,040
Steve Stricker67-75-68-69--279$444,436
Sergio Garcia68-70-73-69--280$310,798
Tyrrell Hatton70-71-71-68--280$310,798
Rory McIlroy69-71-73-67--280$310,798
Andrew Johnston69-69-70-73--281$224,196
Bill Haas68-70-69-75--282$178,477
Dustin Johnson71-69-72-70--282$178,477
Soren Kjeldsen67-68-75-72--282$178,477
Emiliano Grillo69-72-72-70--283$122,154
Zach Johnson67-70-75-71--283$122,154
Patrick Reed66-74-71-72--283$122,154
Matthew Southgate71-71-72-69--283$122,154
Andy Sullivan67-76-71-69--283$122,154
Gary Woodland69-73-71-70--283$122,154
Keegan Bradley67-68-76-73--284$91,492
Tony Finau67-71-72-74--284$91,492
Miguel Angel Jimenez71-72-70-71--284$91,492
Charl Schwartzel72-66-73-73--284$91,492
Jason Day73-70-71-71--285$69,113
Jason Dufner71-71-74-69--285$69,113
David Howell74-70-71-70--285$69,113
Thongchai Jaidee71-74-69--71--285$69,113
Kevin Na70-69-73-73--285$69,113
Justin Rose68-77-70-70--285$69,113
Brandt Snedeker73-73-68-71--285$69,113
Lee Westwood71-73-73-68--285$69,113
Darren Clarke71-72-73-70--286$51,489
Russell Knox72-70-75-69--286$51,489
Ryan Palmer72-73-71-70--286$51,489
Thomas Pieters68-76-70-72--286$51,489
Haydn Porteous70-76-68-72--286$51,489
Jordan Spieth71-75-72-68--286$51,489
Padraig Harrington70-72-73-72--287$42,861
Martin Kaymer66-73-74-74--287$42,861
Francesco Molinari69-71-73-74--287$42,861
Rafa Cabrera Bello68-71-75-74--288$37,091
Matt Jones69-73-75-71--288$37,091
Webb Simpson70-72-71-75--288$37,091
Bubba Watson70-76-72-70--288$37,091
Luke Donald73-72-72-72--289$31,322
Jim Herman70-70-72-77--289$31,322
Adam Scott69-73-76-71--289$31,322
Nicolas Colsaerts72-73-70-75--290$25,227
Harris English73-73-73-71--290$25,227
Rickie Fowler69-72-76-73--290$25,227
Matt Kuchar71-68-75-76--290$25,227
Ryan Moore70-73-74-73--290$25,227
Alex Noren70-72-73-75--290$25,227
Richard Sterne68-74-76-72--290$25,227
Kevin Chappell71-75-73-72--291$22,103
K.T. Kim70-71-77-73--291$22,103
Marc Leishman74-69-75-73--291$22,103
Justin Thomas67-77-74-73--291$22,103
Danny Willett71-75-74-71--291$22,103
Ryan Evans71-75-74-72--292$21,365
Byeong-Hun An70-70-76-77--293$21,035
Jim Furyk74-72-72-75--293$21,035
Jon Rahm74-71-73-75--293$21,035
Daniel Summerhays71-73-77-72--293$21,035
Paul Lawrie72-74-74-74--294$20,573
Graeme McDowell75-71-72-76--294$20,573
Mark O'Meara71-72-78-73--294$20,573
Zander Lombard69-76-74-76--295$20,254
Harold Varner III71-72-75-77--295$20,254
Marco Dawson72-73-77-74--296$19,848
James Hahn74-72-74-76--296$19,848
Patton Kizzire76-70-75-75--296$19,848
Anirban Lahiri69-72-76-79--296$19,848
Jamie Donaldson69-73-76-79--297$19,320
Branden Grace70-74-76-77--297$19,320
Scott Hend71-73-77-76--297$19,320
Yuta Ikeda68-74-78-77--297$19,320
Kevin Kisner70-72-80-76--298$18,991
Charley Hoffman71-73-78-77--299$18,859
Colin Montgomerie71-75-79-76--301$18,727
Kodai Ichihara69-77-78-78--302$18,529
Soomin Lee68-77-75-82--302$18,529
Greg Chalmers72-71-77-85--305$18,331

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