Henrik Stenson carded a joint record eight-under-par 63 to win The Open by three shots after an enthralling final-round tussle with Phil Mickelson.
The Swede, 40, birdied four of his final five holes to win his first major with an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon.
Mickelson, 46, had an eagle and four birdies in a 65, while fellow American JB Holmes (69) was third on six under.
Rory McIlroy (67) and England's Tyrrell Hatton (68) tied fifth on four under.
They finished on the same mark as Spain's Sergio Garcia (69), and one behind American Steve Stricker (69).
American Zach Johnson claimed his second major title with victory in a three-man play-off on a thrilling final day in the 144th Open Championship.
The 2007 Masters winner finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes.
Earlier, the three ended on 15 under to lead a competitive field at St Andrews.
Joint halfway leader Danny Willett and fellow Englishman Justin Rose both carded two-under 70s, as did Spaniard Sergio Garcia, to finish joint sixth on 11 under.
American Jordan Niebrugge also hit a 70 to finish 11 under and claim the Silver Medal for leading amateur ahead of Ireland's Paul Dunne, the joint overnight leader, who shot a six-over 78 to drop to joint 30th on six under.
Jordan Spieth's hopes of a Grand Slam were ended as he finished on 14 under along with Australia's Jason Day.
McIlroy won by two shots over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to become the first start-to-finish winner since Tiger Woods at St. Andrews in 2005. Even with one major left this year, the Northern Irishman already is looking ahead to Augusta National for a shot at the slam.
McIlroy put an end to this major with a powerful drive down the fairway at the par-5 16th, setting up a two-putt birdie to restore his lead to three shots. He finished with two pars, tapping in for par on the 18th green.
Garcia pulled within two shots with four holes to play until he put his tee shot in a pot bunker just right of the 15th green. His first shot failed to get over the 4-foot sodden wall and rolled back into the sand. He made bogey, and two birdies over the final three holes were not enough. Garcia shot 66 and was runner-up in a major for the fourth time.
Fowler, playing in the final group for the second straight major, didn't do anything wrong. He just didn't do enough right to make up a six-shot deficit. Fowler played without a bogey, made three birdies on the last four holes and shot 67.
McIlroy moved up to No. 2 in the world, perhaps on his way to regaining the No. 1 ranking that once looked as if it would be his for years. He ended the 2012 season by winning his second major and capturing the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour.
Phil Mickelson’s came from behind, to win in the 142nd British Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland and took home a first place prize money of $1.43 million.
With birdies on four of his final six holes, including on the 17th and 18th, to get to 5-under 66, 3-under for the week, and a three-shot victory over Henrik Stenson.
He was the only player in the field to finish the tourney under par, as third-place finishers Ian Poulter, Adam Scott, and Lee Westwood came in at 1-over ( Tiger Woods struggled to a share of sixth place, at 2-over ).
Ernie Els went one direction and Adam Scott went another at the 141st British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Els made clutch birdies on the par-4 14th and 18th holes for a final-round 68 while the leader, Scott (75), collapsed behind him, and Els came from six strokes behind at the turn to win his second British Open and fourth major title.
After trailing by as many as seven strokes early on the front nine, Els, 42, who also won the Open in 2002 and won the '94 and '97 U.S. Opens, stormed back with a four-under-par back-nine 32 to finish seven under par for the tournament, edging Scott by one.
At the young age of 42, Darren Clarke won his first major - The Northern Irishman has won more than 20 tournaments around the world, but never won the big one and in the supposed twilight of his career, he followed his countryman and one-time protege Rory McIlroy into the role call of major champions with a three-shot victory.
Clarke, ended with a final-round of 70 to finish five under to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson ( 68 ) and Dustin Johnson ( 72 ).
Louis Oosthuizen lifted the oldest trophy in golf, a silver claret jug with his name etched alongside Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and the other South African winners like, Gary Player, Bobby Locke and Ernie Els.
After shooting a 71 on Sunday, Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes in a strong wind that swept across the Old Course.
He closed with a 1-under 71 for a seven-shot victory over Lee Westwood, who came in with a second place finish. Oosthuizen, finished at 16-under 272 and became the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major at St. Andrews
Stewart Cink is the new Open champion, snatching the title from the hands of Tom Watson in a four-hole play off after they tied on a two-under-par total of 278.
Watson, who had turned the clock back all week, ran out of time in his bid to win his sixth Open over the same course where he won his second in 1977. The dream ended in anti-climatic fashion as the 59-year-old five-time champion wearied over the extra holes and destroyed his chances when he took two shots to force himself clear of the thick rough to the left of the 17th fairway.
As they walked off that green he trailed 36-year-old Cink by four shots. The final hole was a formality. Watson blocked his tee shot into the crowd and was in rough short of the green in two. Cink hit two perfect shots to less then three feet and tapped in the winning putt. Watson, sadly, trailed by six shots.
The 2008 British Open winner is Padraig Harrington, beating Ian Poulter to the top of the leaderboard results. Padraig Harrington, the winner f last year's Open. completed a 69 Round 4 at the British Open today, more than enough to secure the victory with 3 over par total 283.
Ian Polter seemed to be the perfect contender to the British Open winner, but mistakes early in the round robbed 32-year-old Poulter.
Padraig Harrington, however, wasted no strokes and the Irishman became the winner of the 2008 British Open, his second in a row.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland., July 22 - No two ways about it, just about every British Open played at Carnoustie has seen an unbelievable finish. Maybe it's because 16, 17 and 18 could be the toughest finish in golf, the next time the British Open rolls around they should think about giving out barf bags on the 16th tee. The tradition started in 1931 when Agentinian Jose Jurado was cruising along with over 10,000 people and the Prince of Wales watching. As he was standing on the 17th tee, he needed a par-par finish to win. Unfortunely he sent his teeshot into the burn and took six on the hole, followed by a par 5 on the finishing hole to finish one back. In 1975 we had the other end of the spectrum when Tom Watson made a birdie three on the hole just to get himself into a playoff which he beat poor old Jack Newton the next day. Of course everyone in golf with the exception of maybe Boo Weekly knows what happened to Jean Van de Velde in 1999 when he made a triple bogey seven at 18 and lost the playoff.
2007 was a lot of the same. The 18th played to a scoring average of 4.611, the hardest hole of the week and again it played a big part of the drama. It all began with Anders Romero, a young Agentinian who started his implosion on the 17th hole when he got greedy from the rough and hit a terrible shot that went out of bounds and he made double bogey. He then stepped on to the 18th tee and proceeded to make bogey. That three over finish made him the first casualty of the 2007 British Open. The next was Padraig Harrington. He was rolling along in fine fashion at 9 under par and there was not two ways about it, make a par and let the celebration begin. But after his drive caught the burn right, he was very stupid and hit it into the burn again in front of the green and made a gallant up and down for double that basically should of lost the tournament for him. But you had Sergio Garcia left, now if you want to bet your life savings that this charismatic Spaniard wouldn't make par you would be a big winner.
After a good drive, Garcia couldn't get a three-iron on the green and then couldn't get up and down from a greenside bunker to complete Carnoustie's wild finish. In the playoff, Harrington had a two shot lead going into the 18th hole and he played it like a par 5, which it use to be, and made his five to bring the Claret Jug back to Ireland for only the second time and the first in 60 years. Unfortunely history may remember the 2007 British Open more for the implosion of Sergio Garcia, who again should of won a major and just didn't have the game and maturity to do it. Of course it's hard to win leading after every round, still you have to wonder how Tiger Woods would of handled a three shot lead with 18 holes left. As for Harrington, he finally won his first major championship in a manner that I thought he would win it, backing into it.
Hoylake, England - Tiger Woods successfully defended his British Open Championship title on Sunday with a two-shot victory at Royal Liverpool.
The No. 1 player in the world was threatened by Chris DiMarco on the back nine, but three consecutive birdies from the 14th allowed Woods to shoot a final-round, five-under 67. Woods finished the event at 18-under-par 270.
Eldrick Tont (Tiger) Woods (born December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California) is an American golfer, widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.
In 2005, at the age of 29, he won his 10th major golf championship, placing him third on the all-time list behind Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen.
Move over Ben Curtis. You have company in the major shocker department. Little-known Todd Hamilton stared down the best players in the world and never blinked Sunday, winning the 133rd Open Championship in a stunning four-hole playoff over three-time major winner Ernie Els at Royal Troon Golf Club.
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