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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist His coach was all business before the round. His caddie was in tears afterward. Only Phil Mickelson seemed to know how many magical moments he was capable of unfurling in between.
''I said, ''Even-par or 1 under could win this thing.' He said, `I'm going to be better than that,''' coach Butch Harmon recalled.
Harmon was standing near the 18th green in the fast-fading light of a cool Scottish summer afternoon. The roars from one of the great closing rounds in major championship golf was still ringing in his ears. He paused long enough to crack a wide smile.
''He wasn't lying.''
Little more than 10 yards away, just after exiting the front door of the Muirfield clubhouse, caddie Jim ''Bones'' Mackay was still trying to regain his composure.
Someone asked about the tears he kept choking back. Instead, they started falling again.
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Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish.
Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 Sunday to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug. The celebration began while there were still four groups on the course. Lefty birdied four of the last six holes, capped by a 10-footer at the tough 18th to claim his fifth major title.
As soon as the ball...
Por PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press Phil Mickelson conquisto el Abierto Britanico con un final spectacular.
El estadounidense cerro su actuacion el domingo con una rueda de 66 golpes, cinco bajo par, igualando la mejor marca del torneo.
La celebracion comenzo cuando todavia habia cuatro grupos por completar la rueda final.
''Lefty'' hizo birdies en cuatro de los...
The Masters? Check. The PGA Championship? Check. The British Open? Nope. Check.
Phil Mickelson blocked out all of the demons that have plagued him coming down the stretch in major championships to capture his first British Open title. The British Open always seemed like the major tournament that is least likely to fit Phil’s game. The combination of less than ideal...
I thought today was going to be a slow sports day, it turned out to be a big night in sports.
The show started with Nick Masuda of Golfweek Magazine talking about Lefty’s win across the pond. We discussed the tournament and its highs and lows. We talked about how surprised we were about Phil’s win and Tiger Woods’ collapse as well as some of the others on the leader board....
Phil Mickelson birdied four of his final six holes -- which also included a critical par save at the par-3 16th -- to clear Henrik Stenson by three shots and win his first Open Championship on Sunday at Muirfield.
Here are 5 Things to take away from Sunday's conclusion of the 142nd Open in Gullane, Scotland:
1. PHIL THE THRILL: Calling it "probably the best round of my...
A month ago, Phil Mickelson was inconsolable after losing the US Open (again) and finishing second (again- for the 6th time)...
He needed a 66 (5-under) to leapfrog a lot of people and get some key birdies down the stretch that others didn't (see Messrs. Scott, Westwood, and Poulter as examples)... and he now has 5 majors under his belt to tie him...
Phil Mickelson shot a 66 at the final round of the British Open on Sunday to come from five strokes back to start the day and win his fifth major and first Open Championship. Lee Westwood, who entered the day with a two-stroke lead over a pair of Americans, Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, struggled [...]
While everyone else was moving backward, he charged forward. From the beginning of the day, he was staring down the barrel of a 5-shot deficit, but by the end of the day he found himself standing alone at the top of a hill. Only instead of a hill he was standing on a mountain (because a 3-shot victory in a tightly contested golf tournament is like winning a baseball game 9-1)....
ATLANTA In the spirit of Phil Mickelson's first Open Championship golf title ('Lefty' to his fans), the Atlanta Falcons will start training camp on Thursday with the majority of talent and depth slanted to the left side for both offense and defense.
The right side with the notable exception of defensive end Osi Umenyiora stands out as the weaker half. Right tackle...
The storylines were already written in pencil, ready to be inked in the Sunday evening papers.
There were three options: Woods gains ground on Nicklaus’s shadow. Or Westwood escapes past demons. Or the common refrain of the past five years: Woods still not the Woods of old. Those were the stories the golf world was prepared to tell on Monday Morning.
Then Phil Mickelson stepped...
Phil Mickelson won his first Open Championship.
A Florida Gators linebacker was arrested for barking at a police dog.
Chris Froome won the Tour De France.
When pre-game ceremonies go wrong: A skydiver took out a shortstop.
EA Sports will continue making college football games for at least three more years.
Jim Boeheim had some trouble staying awake during a recruiting trip:
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We don't like to feel susceptible.
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I watched the end of the British Open Sunday morning. Phil Mickelson played his face off the last 4 holes and won his first British title. The award ceremony was very polite, made me feel...