Jul 19, 2016

    Best I've ever played and not won: Mickelson


    PHIL Mickelson said he had never played better without winning after finishing second in a

    British Open head-to-head with Henrik Stenson on Sunday that rivalled the epic "Duel in the Sun" between Jack Nicklaus

    and Tom Watson in 1977.

    In his opening round at Royal Troon, Mickelson equalled the record for low round in a major championship, and came within a lipped-out birdie putt of setting a new record of 62. His final score of 267 equalled the Open record.

    But Stenson also equalled the record for low round in any major with a 63, and he did it on Sunday, when it mattered most.

    And his final score of 264 broke the record for overall low score in any major championship.

    "It's probably the best I've played and not won," Mickelson, who won the British Open at Muirfield in 2013, told reporters.

    "I don't have a point where I can look back and say, I should have done that or had I only done this. I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major. Usually that's good enough to do it. And I got beat.

    "I got beat by 10 birdies."