Back to the day job today and suddenly the extraordinary day at Royal Troon yesterday feels like a distant memory.
Henrik Stenson is The Open champion. He is the champion golfer of the year and he clinched the Claret Jug in truly historic fashion.
At the start of last week I suggested that the record low score was achievable. However that prediction was generated from the course conditions and the weather forecast. Royal Troon proved to be a demanding test particularly in the strong winds from Friday onwards. The record scoring from Stenson and Mickelson was a result of pure golfing theatre. From Saturday afternoon The Open had become a match play event between two men on top form.
Mickelson’s bogey-free 65 in the final round was somehow not good enough to clinch his second Open. Stenson’s scintillating 63 won him the famous Claret Jug and helped him achieve the following records:
– Best closing round by a champion at The Open, beating the record held by Greg Norman in 1993.
– Lowest ever four round aggregate score in major history.
– Tie the course record at Royal Troon, set by Phil Mickelson on Thursday.
– Tie lowest score under par in a major, alongside Jason Day 2015 PGA.
– First Swede to win a major championship.