Phil Mickelson played one of the best major rounds of his career by shooting a six-under 65 on Sunday at Royal Troon, but Henrik Stenson was nearly perfect.
Stenson shot an eight-under 63 to beat Mickelson by three in the 145th British Open, handing Lefty his 11th runner-up finish in a major. But how many British Opens would Mickelson have won with his six-under tally? A lot.
In fact, for a tournament that’s been around since 1860, Mickelson’s 17-under score would have been good enough to win every other British Open except for four.
Only Rory McIlroy (17 under, 2014), Tiger Woods (19 under, 2000; 18 under, 2006) and Nick Faldo (18 under, 1990) won with scores of 17 under or better.