Best of the British Open

And out of nowhere, it's Phil Mickelson.



Just a few weeks removed from one of the most bitter defeats of his career, blowing the final-round lead at the U.S. Open, Mickelson crossed the pond and claimed his first-ever British Open championship in dominant fashion, winning by three strokes over Henrik Stenson.
Jay Hart





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Phil Mickelson and the Claret Jug

142nd Open Championship - Final Round

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Phil Mickelson of the United States hugs one of his children as wife Amy comes over after Mickelson finishes the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson wins British Open

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: The Claret Jug is engraved with the name of Phil Mickelson of the United States after he won the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

The Claret Jug is engraved with the name of Phil Mickelson of the United States after he won the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Aerial View of the course and surrounding area during the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Aerial View of the course and surrounding area during the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Lee Westwood makes an eagle shot during the third round of play.

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Aerial View of the 16th hole during the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Aerial View of the 16th hole during the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

142nd Open Championship - Round Three

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Fans dress in tiger costumes watch the third round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 20, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

142nd Open Championship - Round One

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Webb Simpson of the United States, Jamie Donaldson of Wales and Branden Grace of South Africa walk off the 12th tee with their caddies during the first round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 18, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

142nd Open Championship - Final Round

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Ian Poulter of England bites his putter after missing a birdie putt on the 1st green during the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

142nd Open Championship - Final Round

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

142nd Open Championship - Round Three

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Golf fans wearing masks pose during the third round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 20, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Ernie Els makes a great shot on the 17th.

142nd Open Championship - Final Round

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Caddie Steve Williams for Adam Scott of Australia (not seen) stands by Tiger Woods of the United States before Woods tees off on the 1st hole during the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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