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Henrik Stenson Outduels Mickelson For British Open Title

Henrik Stenson Outduels Mickelson For British Open Title

TROON, Scotland (AP) - The first-timer beat the old-timer at Royal Troon.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson claimed his first major championship by outlasting 46-year-old Phil Mickelson in the final round of the British Open. Stenson tied a major record with a 63 that included 10 birdies and two bogeys. The only other player to shoot a 63 in the final round of a major was Johnny Miller at Oakmont in 1973.

Stenson closed the tournament with a 20-foot birdie putt that left him with a 20-under 264, breaking the total scoring record for a major tournament. David Toms had a 265 total at the 2001 PGA Championship, and Greg Norman was the previous Open scoring record-holder at 267 in 1993 at Royal St. George's.

The turning point in the round was when Stenson sank a 50-foot birdie putt on 15 to take a two-shot lead. It helped Stenson shed the distinction of being the best current golfer without a major title.

Mickelson was trying to become the second-oldest British Open champion in history, and the oldest since Tom Morris in 1867. He closed with a 65 for a 17-under total, three strokes back in his 11th runner-up finish at a major.

American J.B. Holmes fired a 69 to finish third at minus-6, a whopping 14 shots back. Steve Stricker was fourth at 5 under, one stroke better than Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton.

The Masters rescheduled to take place in November

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The Masters rescheduled to take place in November

The Masters was supposed to take place this week, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement on March 13. Augusta National Golf Club has picked a new week on the calendar for the prestigious golf tournament to take place.

On Monday, Augusta National announced that The Masters have been rescheduled for Nov. 9 - 15. Instead of following the NCAA Tournament, The Masters will now take place during an NFL and college football weekend, as well as possibly the baseball playoffs if the MLB season runs later to make up for lost time.

“In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, in a statement. “While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the Coronavirus. Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.”

The outbreak has affected all four of golf’s majors as part of a revised schedule released by the PGA Tour on Monday. The British Open, originally scheduled for July 13-19, has been canceled. The U.S. Open has been moved from June 15 - 21 to Sept. 14 - 20. The PGA Championship was moved from May 11-17 to Aug. 3-9.

LPGA golfer Danielle Kang shows off her game by nailing an island green on the Chicago River

LPGA golfer Danielle Kang shows off her game by nailing an island green on the Chicago River

Danielle Kang won the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship and is defending her title in Chicagoland next month.

The 2018 version of the tournament is being held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Long Grove, Ill. To promote the event, Kang showed off her game on a Chicago River bridge of all places.

She chipped onto an island green on the river and then talked to Pat Boyle about the 2018 event and what it meant to win her first major last year.

Watch the video above to see her impressive shot and the interview.