Phil Mickelson has captured his first ever British Open after shooting a 5-under 66 Sunday and finishing the tournament with a final score of 3-under.
Lefty was five shots back of leader Lee Westwood heading into Sunday's final round.
Westwood was two-strokes up on Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan after Saturday but just couldn't hold on Sunday. He carded a 4-over for the day
This makes three consecutive years that a golfer of at least 40 years of age has lifted the Claret Jug. It is Mickelson's fifth Major victory.
Odds on Mickelson at Muirfield were on the move after he was victorious at the Scottish Open a week ago. Online book Sportsbook.ag has moved Mickelson from 25/1 to 15/1 to The Open Championship after we triumphed at the Scottish.
Per The LVH Superbook in Las Vegas, Mickelson was 20/1 after the third round while Westwood was the outright fave at 7/4.
"Not a great result for us," Aron Black of UK sportsbook Bet365.com, told Covers. "Mickelson was one of the more popular bets for the pre-tournament book. We would have really liked Westwood to win of those who were in the running late on."
Phil Mickelson told me a few weeks ago, "I’m playing better than I have in a long time. In years.” Didn't quite believe him. Now I do.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) July 21, 2013
With the win today, Phil Mickelson becomes the 4th player since 1980 to win 3 different majors (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2013