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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.

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.

 

Master of the future: Illinois' elite golfer

Master of the future: Illinois' elite golfer

Andrew Lim stood on those crisp Augusta, Georgia greens ready to compete and represent all of Illinois.

The 13-year-old Naperville resident — and the only Illinoisan in the competition — participated in the Drive, Chip and Putt on Sunday. The contest — founded in 2013 by Master Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America —  invites some of the nation’s best golfers ages 7-15 to suit up and work on some fundamentals. 

He finished in sixth place for his age group. 
 
Lim has been golfing and participating in competitions since he was seven. To get here, he beat out almost 40,000 other up-and-coming young golfers across the country. 

The most exciting part of the tournament? 

Following his favorite golfers throughout The Masters. Oh, and meeting Condoleezza Rice, of course. Lim recently read and enjoyed her autobiography.

The Masters kick off this weekend April 5-8. How many more years until we see Lim there? 

Read more about him here.