I don’t think it’s hyperbole given the conditions and leaderboard to say Phil Mickelson just put on one of the greatest final-round performances in major championship history.
After bogeying No. 10 and falling to 1 over he went on to birdie Nos. 13, 14, 17 and then the birdie for a 3 under finish at No. 18.
With that, Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 to win his fifth career major Suday at the British Open.
He carded a 32 on the back nine, which tied Mickelson for the best score on the back all week at Muirfield with Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Geoff Ogilvy.
Mickelson ended up beating second-place finisher Henrik Stenson by three shots at 3-under 281.
Mickelson’s 66 also tied Zach Johnson for the round of the tournament. Johnson’s came early on Thursday, though; Mickelson’s came with Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and Woods bearing down on him.
It was such an epic finish for Lefty, too.
He became the second straight British Open winner to come from five shots or more down on a Sunday. Mickelson trailed Westwood by five this year after Ernie Els came back from six down over Scott last year. According to Justin Ray of ESPN, it was the lowest final-round score to win the British Open since Justin Leonard shot a 65 in 1997.
Mickelson admitted Sunday was special for him when talking with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi after his round.
“I’m playing some of the best golf of my career and today was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played,” he said. “It’s the best I’ve ever putted — it just was going in the hole.”
It really was — Mickelson never made any huge bombs but he…