Stenson wins High Troon duel
HENRIK Stenson said he had a feeling he would finally win his first Major this week after seeing off Phil Mickelson in a thrilling climax at the British Open on Sunday.
"It's not something you want to run around and shout but I felt like this was going to be my turn," said the Swede.
His Open record overall score of 20 under par at Royal Troon gave him a three-stroke winning margin over Mickelson.
Stenson had started the day on 12-under, a shot clear of the American, but dropped a stroke at the first to lose his lead.
However, he promptly fought back with a remarkable 10 birdies en route to a major championship record-equalling low round of 63 to seal the deal in style.
Mickelson had scored a 63 himself in the opening round on Thursday.
"I'm very proud of the way I played. It was a great match with Phil.
"It seemed like it was going to be a two-horse race and it was all the way to the end," said Stenson.
"I knew he wasn't going to back down at any point, and in a way that makes it easier for myself."
The two were neck and neck on the back nine after Stenson missed a par putt at the dangerous 11th hole.
But he made the difference with a run of three birdies from the 14th.
Meanwhile, Mickelson just failed to convert an eagle putt at 16, effectively killing his chances.
"We managed to pull away from the rest of the field and we both played some great golf," added the winner. He had the Claret Jug alongside him as he spoke to the media.
"It makes it even more special to beat a competitor like Phil.
"He's been one of the best to play the game, and certainly in the last 20 years."