After seven career top -five finishes at major championships, Henrik Stenson broke through for his first major victory with a dazzling performance at the 145th Open Championship. Stenson posted a 63 on Sunday, tying the major championship record for a low round. His 20-under score of 264 set a new major scoring record and tied Jason Day's record score to par.
Stenson's Sunday showing was nothing short of spectacular, especially considering how well he played while staring down Phil Mickelson, who shot a terrific 6-under 65 of his own. Stenson's ball-striking was unreal, hitting 16-of-18 greens in regulation, and his putter was scorching hot as he needed only 27 putts to get around Royal Troon.
The Sunday showdown between Stenson and Mickelson will go down in Open Championship lore, as the two lapped the field. Mickelson, who finished second by two shots, was 11 strokes ahead of third-place finisher J.B. Holmes (6 under).
Stenson capped off his victory in style, pumping a 310-yard 3-wood down the 18th fairway -- nearly hitting it too well as it came up a foot shy of a bunker -- and then finding the center of the green to take away any nerves from his putt, which he buried anyways to make his round a record-setting one.
Rory McIlroy finished tied for fifth at four under-par while US Open winner Dustin Johnson finished in the top-10 once again with a 2-under performance.
After a handful of 1-under scores, including Zach Johnson, scores were rough on a weekend where weather at Royal Troon in Scottland were not ideal throughout the weekend.
Despite a 3-under round on Sunday, Jordan Spieth finished two-over for the tournament, outsdie the top-25. Jason Day finished one-over for the weekend.
Bubba Watson shot a 4-over. Rickie Fowler was six-over. Masters Champ Danny Willett was seven-over.