Phil Mickelson said it took him a while to figure out links golf, but on Sunday he made four birdies on the last six holes to win the British Open.
Caddie Jim Mackay, left, congratulates Phil Mickelson on winning the British Open. A teary-eyed Mackay said, "He's resilient. He looks forward."
GULLANE, Scotland - Phil Mickelson wondered if he'd ever win this venerable trophy, the one he proudly posed with on Muirfield's 18th hole as photographers snapped away and fans chanted his name.
Phil Mickelson, after draining his 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at Muirfield, said "to shoot the round of my life ... it feels amazing to win the claret jug."
Third-round leader Lee Westwood, battling a bunker at No. 9, lost his lead at No. 13 with a bogey. He shot a 75, failing to win his first major title, but praised Phil Mickelson, saying, "When you birdie four of the last six of a round any day, that's good going."
Tiger Woods is stuck at 14 majors, four shy of Jack Nicklaus, after a tough 74.
GULLANE, Scotland - One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.
GULLANE, Scotland — One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.
Tiger Woods lines up a putt on No. 18. Woods finished the third round tied for 2nd.
GULLANE, Scotland - Lee Westwood has contended enough in the majors that he can identify important moments, even if he could barely see his ball.
Miguel Angel Jimenez provides perspective on a difficult day for most golfers: "Fun is when you enjoy what you're doing. I play golf and I enjoy it."
GULLANE, Scotland - Miguel Angel Jimenez looked like the only guy who was having fun.
19-year-old Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the 16th green during the first round of the British Open. Spieth, 19, won the John Deere Classic on Sunday and shot a 69 Thursday.
GULLANE, Scotland - Carl Pettersson's golf bag was a little bit lighter. And the burly Swede didn't stand quite so tall Thursday in the British Open.
Tiger Woods' opening-round 69 left him three shots behind leader Zach Johnson. "I'm very pleased to shoot anything even-par or better," Woods said.
Zach Johnson studies his shot at the 13th green. Johnson, atop the leaderboard at any major for the first time in six years, had only one bogey in the first round.
GULLANE, Scotland - A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield.
GULLANE, Scotland - A month after winning the U.S. Open, Justin Rose still hasn't settled on an engraver to etch his name into the trophy he brought home from the Merion Golf Club.
If Justin Rose can win this weekend, he would be the rare reigning titleholder of the U.S. and British opens at the same time.