Extended highlights of the final round of the 145th Open Championship from Royal Troon, presented by Hazel Irvine.
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They came from the four corners of the globe to test themselves against
the best. To tame this wildest of the rain. To see if they were equal
to the challenge. 136 men are all hoping to hear six words... Six
small words which could change her life. Six words with huge
significance. Today, for the 145th time, just one player will hear his
name called out and those magnificent six words, champion
golfer of the year... There is a little space on the claret jug
waiting for the 145th champion golfer of the year to be inscribed
into the silver on the final day of the Open at Royal Troon. But who
will it be? Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson look like they are playing
their own private tournament, six and five ahead of the field. At ten
paces? It could turn out into a bit of a jewel. Will someone is
gate-crash their party on another chilly day of sweeping and swirling
wind on the Ayrshire coast? The statuesque Henrik Stenson has
waited his whole career for this chance. It is the first time he has
led into round four of a major and the first time he has played in the
last pairing. But will he finish what his compatriot could not? 19
years he led as well but still their country waits for their first
leading man in a major. But more history awaits Phil Mickelson.
Already one of the greats, a winner of five of the biggest golf titles,
including this one in your field three years ago. Now aged 46, nobody
of his vintage has claimed the claret jug in almost 150 years. And
he has got unfinished business at Royal Troon after he came so close
last time. This tea-time has put many in mind of another head-to-head
contest here in Ayrshire 39 years ago. It was the so-called jewel in
the sun. One of the best loved final days in open history at Turnberry
between Jack Nicholas and the young pretender back then, Tom Watson. On
whom the sun smiled that day. There are echoes of the past. Albeit not
in sunny conditions right now. It is a very cool summer's day by the
seaside. I do not think the ice cream van is going to do much
business at all. Ken Brown has been braving the elements earlier. What a
morning it is for the final day. I am right at the first and it is
whistling down the goggles, this win. Look at that. Amazing. -- the
golf course. Straight across and it might help the front nine. The
forecast is for it to die down. It is very difficult. Any score better
than 75 would be amazing. The wind is up and it is strong and it is
bitterly cold. I would certainly echo that. It is getting up to 19
degrees, they tell us, later. But it sure does not feel like that.
Westerly wind is gusting 25 mph and once again it will be a attritional
once more at Royal Troon. Let's show you who is out with who.
Ten behind the gritty Texan, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia starting out
together just before two o'clock. They are likely to be in operation
at the Ryder Cup in September. -- opposition. Tony has done better at
this open than anybody so far and he is accompanied by Soren Kjeldsen.
Steve Stricker, what a return to the open for him after four years.
Kentucky's J.B. Holmes is in tandem. The beef and Billy show. Andrew
Johnson has been loving the beef mania at Troon. Seven behind and
Bill Haas could yet spring a surprise from six-pack. And then it
is the main draw at Royal Troon. Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson.
Sweden against the United States, perhaps, for the spoils on the final
day. Would anyone make a charge? Lee Westwood in his 22nd straight open
is grafting hard. This is his second from seven. His fourth birdie of the
day brings him back to level par. Ryan Palmer from Amarillo in Texas,
show me the way. To a rather rare bird on the daylight today. An
eagle. -- a day like today. Bringing him back to level. Andy Sullivan,
this is his birdie at the first and he followed with another at the
third. Two under for the day and one for the chap in ship. Ryan Palmer's
eagle we have seen but how about this courtesy of Matthew Southgate?
Second at the fourth. This would make sure of it. So much for Matthew
to smile about this week. 1-over for the Championship. Nobody is leaping
onto the first page of the leaderboard yet. Phil Mickelson and
Henrik Stenson have a lot of wriggle room at the front. Just the one
level par round of 71. There is a little bit of movement below on page
two. They are all a long, long way back. 19 years ago a Swede was
bleeding and he was ambushed by the round of a lifetime from the chasing
pack as Justin Leonard came from five back. The possibilities today
are many and intriguing. Let's savour all the Andrew and Peter.
Thank you, Hazel. It is dreary and Chile. We have got the promise
perhaps of a little bit better weather in the afternoon when the
leaders go out. We will go down to the first and here, Rory McIlroy,
who came here with a very high hope and rounds of 69, 71 and 73 do not
look bad on a monster course like this. But he is nowhere near. On the
team from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy.
This first one has not been too kind to the young master. This is his
final round of this year's Championship. Will it be blistering?
Or will it be strewn with errors? Wind coming in from the right. Is
that too far right? No, too far left. That is fine.
Andy Sullivan has a chance to get two under. Yes. The fourth is
playing the easiest hole this week. A birdie for Sullivan. Always
smiling. Rory McIlroy's pitch at the first. A simple looking shot over
the bunkers. Landed over the green. Just over the bounce and spin. A
bold looking shot. It was too bold. And through she goes. Now it looks
disappointing. Soren Kjeldsen is having a final confidence boosting
Championship will stop --. Looks fairly straightforward from
down on high but there is a bit of a slope to come up. On the edge of the
green. Up it comes. It will be a par to start for Rory McIlroy.
Woodland at the first. Level par for the Championship. Just easing back
on the wind. Dropping down like a stone. Making short work of the
first hole. Second of McIlroy. The lie is OK down here.
Oh, here we go. Wonderful shot from 3-macro Roy on the second. To get
his round going. -- from Rory McIlroy on the second. Justin Rose
for his dirty on the postage stamp. -- birdie.
After that lovely second shot the taps in to go 1-under par. -- E taps
-- Rory McIlroy taps in. Matt Jones, the Australian. A rough start on the
back nine with a bogey at ten and 12. Lovely shot at the 13th. How
about that? Eagle on the 13th. One of the toughest holes on the course
and it has been gobbled up by Matt Jones.
Second from Grilllo to the third. Beautifully done. He should have a
nailed on birdie, the man from Argentina. Did somebody order beef?
Andy Sullivan at six. This is for a par. He is a long way away. Top
shot. Grilllo, a beautiful second into the
third hole. He has managed to sneak a par. Here come the boys. You can
see it is July. Willie hats and long johns.
The very least he would have expected would have been a birdie
from one of the first three gentle par four holes. He missed a very
makeable one of the last. It is about six or seven he has missed
from that length so far in the Championship. A, guys. Hello.
Interesting personality, master Hassam. -- Hassam.
Two under-par. Rory McIlroy tee shot on the fifth. Tough pin position
just on the right of that bunker. Flying so high and landing so
softly. A birdie chance but he has missed so many already. He needs to
get the putter working. Here we are. Bunker to the left of Andy Sullivan.
But a good lie. Will have to really accelerate through. He was so close
to being good. Still a chance of dropping just one.
The bunkers around eight are nasty. Here is Watson. 16. 6-over, sadly.
But this is for a three. Yes. He brings joy and sadness in the
twinkle of a knife. -- the eyes. The 14th. 178. Write down there.
That will do from Darren Clarke. Try to get to 3-over. Good golf this
week. Andy Sullivan after a couple of shots from the bunker at eight.
Well done. Two birdies and two birdies. Another
opportunity for Rory McIlroy. Let's see if he can find a birdie at the
fifth. Yes, this one he has done. A couple of chances have slipped. But
two birdies in the first five. Two under-par. Darren Clarke, for two at
the 14th. Good golf from Darren Clarke. Level par for his round
today. Four to go. 3-over for the Championship. Tee shot at six for
Rory McIlroy. Just over 600 yards. Boomer!
He really does hit the ball majestically when he is in full
flow. Beautiful shot. Thomas Pieters. This is for a two at eight.
In it goes. One of the Belgian's finalist. Nicolas Colsaerts will
have something to say about that. -- one of the Belgian's finalist. --
one of the Belgian's very best. Beautiful shot. One smiling face.
When all looked lost. Then a shaft of sunlight. After two big shots
down at six, Rory McIlroy with a short pitch. He will have that left
for a birdie four. Jordan Spieth. 18th green. Hopefully his final
pat-macro of the Championship. This is for a round of 67. -- his final
pat-macro. -- his final putt. Made a birdie at ten and 11. Plus two.
Birdie for Michael Roy here at six. -- Rory McIlroy. Is it too late? He
will need help from the leaders. He will need a lot more birdies.
STUDIO: Into the top six, Rory McIlroy with three birdies at the
second, fifth and six. Charl Schwartzel also moving to that
number but still nine shots behind Henrik Stenson.
Defending champion, Zach Johnson. Birdie at four. He moves to 3-under.
Tony for now has been given relief from the wood chip. Second shot.
A good safe shot. Darren Clarke. He has played some nice golf this week.
This is at 15. Is it? Oh, Darren! One for the old times. What a
beautiful putt. Birdie at 14 and 15. For now, first dirty chance. A track
and dropped off that. -- birdie chance. Nicely done, Tony. Yes.
A nice way to finish. Out in 32 and back in 36. Round of 68. Anything
better than level four, you have got to be reasonably happy. He has found
some kind of lie, Andrew Johnston, at the first.
Fantastic shot. From a tough lie. Walking straight towards the claret
jug, Henrik Stenson. Darren Clarke, for birdie at 16.
Three in a row. Just warming up at the right time. Great informants. --
performance. Very short putter. Heavy shaft and
heavy end. They are cheering him on. From the USA, Phil Mickelson. A
former open champion. 46 years old. How many more chances is he going to
have to win a major Championship? Continuing his Conservative play.
Iron from the tee. A good opening shot. On the tee from Sweden, Henrik
Stenson. He has been a top player for many years. 68, city five, 60
eight. Leading by one. -- 65, 60 eight. -- 68.
Has he missed all of them? He has done. Stay on the fairway! Not too
bad. A birdie putt up ahead at the first green, Johnstone. He is loving
it. These! What would happen if he won it
today? That would be a story. Matthew Southgate. It was online. I
did not think it had enough pace. Easily had enough pace. Even par.
Second shot, Stenson. Opening hole. Just a glorious iron player. The big
Swede. That is very unlike him. He plays a lot of nice three
quarters shots. Little prodding shots. That was not one of them. He
gave it a real good thump. Write down the flag! What a beauty. What a
start. He has been shining all week. This time he has got one him. At in
32. He has missed twice inside four feet and maybe inside three. Out in
32. 25 on at the first, Henrik Stenson,
around 80 feet. Very nervous start for the leader.
Matthew Southgate. 13th. Another one! Another one! Another one! My
goodness, two tramlines in a row. Got his card and wet on the final
green. Wayne, you lead going into the final round going in to 1999.
What is it like on the first? For me at that stage it was quite scary. I
did not have the pedigree of these two guys, but I had one in America
just before. I was playing well and confident that it was still a
nervous experience. This would he a good settler. This is for the par.
And a poor bogey there for Stenson. A short birdie for Mickelson. The
two leaders are flip-flopping. Bogey. He got to the range quite
late today. He might be playing catch up a little bit at the moment.
The last thing you need is to get out of your routine.
Fixup two shots on the first, Phil Mickelson. -- he picks up. 12-under.
Leading by one. Third shot at the second. In danger
of dropping one here. It took a terrible kick.
Well, a good effort. Great tournament. Birdie at 14, 15 and 16.
Round of 70. Well done, Ryder Cup captain. Phil Mickelson leading by
one. Henrik Stenson dropping a shot at the first. Rory McIlroy is flying
but he has missed some opportunities as well. The wind is dying a little
bit and the sunshine is coming out. More pleasant than it was first
thing this morning. Stenson has found the fairway. Just tucked
behind the right-hand uncut. It depends how brave he is going to be.
-- right-hand bunker. Cutting high into the wind. It should land
softly. Just a little bit cagey. But a delightful shot. Just what he was
after. Mickelson from a feud yards closer than Stenson. Just out of the
first cut. Great angle. He will try and turn this a little bit left to
right, back into the breeze. Holding it up. Well! It is going to need all
of his mastery with his short game, Phil Mickelson, to get it up and
down. Quite an inviting pin. Being on the left-hand side of the green.
Using the wins to work the ball into it. -- using the wind. Magnificent.
Oh, lovely, lovely. I don't fancy this much. Not at all,
so tight. The area around the green. Easy for the club to bounce. But
this man is a genius. Look at that. How about that? How
good is he? 64 degrees wedge. Just made it look so easy. I think even
he impressed himself there, that was a fantastic shot. Worth another
look. Can get underneath them, watch the way, you could see a bit of
spin, how it stayed out I don't know. Certainly one of the shots of
the day. Looked little nervous up the first, just a little. Yes,
surprising. Short second onto the green. They have all been short from
the front. This putt here at the 2nd, if he can roll it in it will
just settle him. Looks good. Beautiful. That's
better. Andrew Johnston after that superb
second shot. A weaker dollar -- wee tiddler.
Rory, looks like he's got a dig at this one. Don't take any more than
five, what ever you do. That could be through the green again. Sticks
up there, just makes it a bit more awkward. 153 yards left, the pin
towards the left of the putting surface and a little slope to the
right which you can use to get the ball towards the cup. Stenson first
play. Mickelson just a little back in his
stance. Wind of the right. That's the way to bring it up, the
little cushion, glorious shot. Rory is putting this. Tricky one to
judge. Short back and quick through, the
ball does appears into the cup. As the day is going on, the conditions
getting nicer, a couple of trees on his card, a couple of birdies. --
couple of threes. Stenson. Yes. I shaky start, drop the shot at the
1st, then birdie, birdie. Steve Stricker for eagle at the 4th.
Could be, could be, if it runs. Oh. Steve Stricker for eagle at the 4th.
Could be, could be, Didn't see the line. Lodged it
tricky one, I think. Not much in it. Didn't see the line. Lodged it
outside Didn't see the line. Lodged it
one, as he started. Going to have to give
one, as he started. Going to have to of this lie. Decent contact at the
12th, Rory. From He's left himself another one of
those. Third at the par-5, the crowd
getting louder. CHUCKLES Beef didn't make a meal of that one!
Just inside the left edge, Rory. Oh. He's missed some of those this week
hasn't he? Eight or nine now. Beef for another birdie, my goodness
there will be a cheer if this goes in.
560 yards, Stenson reckons he can chase it in there with the iron.
We shall see. A bit right perhaps, I don't know. Yes, a little bit right.
Ballooned up a little bit but that's OK. Long putt but safe.
Mickelson some 20, 20 five yards ahead. -- 25 yards ahead.
Looked like a good strike. Super shot. Superb. This is a great
exhibition. Every hole he has played so far has had a bit of drama and a
bit of class. Matthew Southgate. Wouldn't surprise me if he gets this
one in. Another one with a nice look at the hole, that was an eagle
chance. He is galloping through the field.
3-under for his round, a couple under for the Championship. Look at
that Fred good run on the back nine. The flag is on 20 so must be the
best part of 60 feet. Had this sort of putt at the 1st, left it seven or
eight feet short. A few humps and bumps along the way. Quite a slow
one. Why need on this occasion. -- wide
on this occasion. Billy Haas, little chip and run
shot, and play this in America very often. Delightful little shot.
Tremendous amount of thought going into this one. This is a putt for an
eagle three. Pressure on Stenson. Satisfaction is
an 8-foot eagle putt rattling into the bottom of the cup.
Yesterday Stenson had two or three of these and hit them with a perfect
pace. Things are a bit different, the final day, a major at stake,
this for birdie to tie with Mickelson.
Beautiful, right in the heart of the cup. Looking more and more like a
two horse race, 14-under for the final pairing. Cracking stuff.
STUDIO: Cracking stuff indeed. Just one dropped shot from Henrik
Stenson. It's all square, 14-under, they have separated themselves.
Andrew Johnston doing his level best, 2-under for his round but it's
looking more and more as if it will be the sweet or the man from
California. COMMENTATOR: The gladiators tied on 14-under. Wind
cross. Pin tucked behind the bunker. He's played another excellent shot.
The fifth, ranked the fourth most difficult, playing 192 yards. Have
to be brave to go straight at it. Very nice. Just favouring the left
of the flag. Nice to see Sergio Garcia, the same
putt that Rory had earlier on. Tip toes in. A steady run for Sergio.
Ten behind. Ryder Cup points at stake and big prize-money.
Billy Haas just having... A little spasm. Missing the short putt,
dropped a stroke, back to 5-under. After an marvellous iron shot into
the 13th, come on Rory. Yes. He is playing some fantastic stuff, a
couple of loose tee shots, one or two missed opportunities on the
greens but some glorious bits in between. Ken has been down on the
18th green. He has an artistic bent to you now. My goodness. This is
attention to detail, look at this. Painting around the very edge of the
hall. It's a special paint so you can see it, the cup, on the 18th.
The final putt will plop into this hole. Do you have your scissors or
have you done that? He's already cut the edge with the scissors.
Fantastic. Whoever wins The Open Championship, the ball is going to
trickle into that cup. Thank you very much. Beautifully done. Look
how crisp the edge is. Like it has been cut out of a piece of tee.
Mind your fingers, there is no wet paint sign! Mickelson. This spur
two. -- this for a two. Quite a swing from the left here, left to
right. Very good reading. Great skill in leading the greens. --
reading the greens. Club golfers, you should find out more about that,
it will help your putting. Give you some idea what you are doing. This
is an interesting one, how about this from the bank at the 6th? He is
playing a game with which I am not familiar, bumping it down the hill,
but it's working well. Garcia at the 8th. 116 yards or so
today. Purging it on, on, on. That's all right.
Slightly easier putt for Stenson, doesn't have quite as much break as
Mickelson's cad. -- had. Good effort. Looks like a couple of
threes. Stenson with one of those tweakers
which are so often missed at crucial moments. Good, safe three.
JB after that shot off the bank. Super up and down. Why does he
remind me of a lumberjack? You could see him hacking down trees up in
Oregon. Garcia at the 8th, for a two. White trousers are all the rage
now. Well done Sergio, back-to-back birdies, 5-under.
Southgate finishing up. He has holed couple of snorting putts. Don't
finish weekly. That's all right, we'll tap that one in. 69.
Doing well, not Kurds spot, little upslope. Not easy. Controlled it and
did the most important thing of all, down the short grass.
I am not sure whether Henrik Stenson is playing for position or if he
thinks he can race this on the green with a iron. It's 600 odd yards. I
think he can. It's no good if it is high and pitches soft. I think he
likes it. He doesn't. Not sure, looks like he will be laying up
after all. Reasonable angle. Look out. CHUCKLES
Who knows what might have happened if that had not spun back. JB after
that huge drive, you can see how close to the green he is. Just a
little flick of the wrists, and there you have it.
74 yards, good distance, he is a master at these. He is, will be
interesting to see how he plays it, just short of the pin there is a
little hollow in the green. From short range, he spins the ball as
well as anybody. Skidded through the little hollow.
Very good. Stenson with a little pitch. You can see the lie of the
land from left to right. He's gone the high route. Look at this. Do you
think he meant it? I think he did. That is a bit of finesse there.
Quality. This will give us a nice view of it, the little hollow at the
front of the pin, trying to carry it over that, super spin on it. Some
zip on that one. Marvellous golf these two are playing.
Online. And in. That's the way to play it. Iron off the tee, up the
fairway, good pitch. Beautiful stuff. Can Stenson match the birdie
of Mickelson? Not much in this putt. He can. He can. Right in the centre.
Amazing, they are streaking ahead of the field. 15-under. Phil Mickleson
knows how to win Majors. Steve Stricker, left edge. Just,
just, just. Sleeps it in the side door. Comeback Player of the Year
twice on the PGA Tour, looks like he's going to make another comeback.
Wonderful day for Matthew Southgate. What a fantastic way to finish, how
proud are you? It's been incredible, I have been played well for weeks, I
am proud of myself to have backed myself stuck with it. It got tough
at times this week and I stuck to my guns, didn't do anything out of my
comfort zone. I just stuck to good rhythm and good shot selection.
Sometimes it was tough to get to the middle the green, I am just pleased
that I will be there or thereabouts at the end of the week. Mickelson.
Driving at the 7th. Doesn't like it. Could be a spot of bother. Lucky
boy. Lucky, Lucky, lucky boy. Some of the spectators, there might have
been a headache or two there. Jason Day at the 18th for birdie. Hasn't
been a great week for the world number one.
A week break and then he will be heading back to the PGA to defend.
Rory McIlroy. Second shot. Driven it over the burn.
Good shot. He's played a lot of good golf this week, Rory McIlroy. There
is how the lie. Phil Mickleson came off the virtual bushes and a virtual
spectator and isn't too bad now. Should be eating this up. Great
shot. Another opportunity. What a fight these two are having. He is OK
with the TV cable, it's been wrenched out. Very tight to the flag
here, the bunker creeping in on the left edge of the green. Clean lie.
Clean contact. Just lost that bit of control but bearing in mind where
his drive was going, to have a birdie putt is pretty fortunate.
Right below the eighth green, has to get this up so quickly. Only a
little bit of a downslope as well. That's the safe shot, had to make
sure of it, could have, it back into the sand, that for par for Andrew
Johnston. Mickelson the first to try and land his blow on the seventh.
Little bit of right-to-left in it. Not this time. Stenson will have a
chance to lead on his own again. But again, par, bearing in mind the
drive that he hit, is a good result for Mickelson.
Chance to take the outright lead again for Stenson here at seven.
Very hard putt to read. We have seen a lot of guys have trouble here
making putts at seven. They go to the eighth still tied.
The target just five feet to the left of the pin. Between the pin and
the left-hand bunker. There we are. A little bit of contour takes it
down. Another wonderful shot from Phil Mickleson.
Stenson to follow that wonderful tee shot by Mickelson. Frightening hole.
Well done. They really are putting on a show.
Johnson for his par at eight. -- Johnstone.
Second bogey of the day for Andrew Johnston.
Stenson to put a bit of heat on Mickelson. If he can get it, first.
This is really fun to watch, isn't it? How good is that?
He will shift down to his kind of claw grip. Here we go. Always wide.
That blow by Stenson not matched by Wilson. -- Mickelson. Stenson in
front on his own. This is for his dirty, McIlroy. -- birdie. He has
played well this week. Keep your eyes on him for the PGA in a couple
of weeks. His vision is obscured, Stenson. Cannot quite see the flag.
Just on the edge of the calls. The pin is on the back today. Pushing it
to move left. And it did. Beautiful shot by Stenson. And a birdie chance
to come. What golf he is playing. 168 to the hole, Mickelson. Looks
like an eight iron. Did not get all of it. Did he get all of it? Yes, he
did. A great shot. Blow for blow. Birdie pat-macro, get in there. --
putt. Continuing his good form. Stenson first again with his putt.
For his sixth birdie of the nine. I think he's looking for bones. I'm
not going to make any predictions. He has got a chance to join Stenson
at the top of the board. That is two in a row that he has let get away.
They will enter the back nine with Stenson leading by one. STUDIO: Just
a single page of the leaderboard is all that is required to underline
the dominance of the front runner. J.B. Holmes is putting together and
Andrew Johnston in only his third major. Are craning their necks to
see the top two right now. -- they are. It was in the 1977 battle not
far from here at Turnberry when it was neck and neck between Jack
Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Tom turned to Jack and said, this is what it is
all about, isn't it? And the bearer applied, you bet it is. Almost 40
years later, these two men are bringing out the best in one another
once again. The American said he did not bring his best yesterday. He put
that right at the very first hole. An important statement getting this
into birdie range. A two shot swing. The Swede making a bogey. 12-under.
The Swede hit back at the second banishing his nerves and roaring
level with the lefty once more. Stenson had seven top four finishes
in ages and was on top again at the next, to go 13-under. They have
played together so often in big events that he feels like he is with
his playing partner and he well knows Mickelson is capable of this
kind of thing. Another glorious iron. Eagle chance at the fourth.
Phil Mickelson has made more of those of this century than anybody
else with 36 and counting. He took it, of course. With Stenson making
birdie, honours were even again. And after six, when they traded birdies
here. On a different level from the rest. The postage stamp, now. They
had it licked from the ten Stenson. When Stenson took a chance from the
green and Mickelson missed, he took his chances again. Four under for
the day. They have negotiated the first half of this challenging old
course at Royal Troon. Report card time now from Ken Brown. What do you
make of this enthralling contest? Well, it is quite an atmosphere. It
is really electric. Everybody is enjoying it. Phil Mickelson is
smiling and Henrik Stenson is smiling at the quality has been
spectacular. Some marvellous shots. Plenty of birdies and even the odd
eagle. Now it is the back nine. The winters drop a little bit and it is
a bit warmer. They have got it really good. They have had it pretty
good all week with the weather. It is the back nine starting with the
10th. Thanks, Ken. And now, described by Gary Player as the
toughest in the wind in the Championship golf and even tougher,
you suspect, with the claret jug on the line. Back we go with Andrew and
Wayne. Three Wood. -- three wood. Straight over the point there.
Heading to the right half of the fairway. Once again, glorious shot
from Stenson. Mickelson also with three wood. He
turned it a little bit too much. Not finding the right rough. This is for
his par at ten. So close, but short. Second bogey in three holes. 5-under
alongside Steve Stricker. Come on, beef. And hopefully the final shot
for Rory McIlroy. Get in there! Well, what a week. What a
frustratingly weak for the former world number one. He has played
magnificently. -- frustrating week. But he has been let down on the
green. It will still be a top-10 finish. He finished third at St
Andrews in 2010. It is going to be top ten here. But he has designs on
so much more. Closes on 67, though. Aiming well down the right. Andrew
Johnston. Good timing for the train. Just getting left a little. Perfect.
Beautiful tee shot. Good concentration. He just stayed out of
the heavy stuff, Mickelson. Half decent lie.
All over it. Well, come on, sit down. You can see that all of
Mickelson in so close from the ideal position. This is another glorious
iron shot from Stenson. Pretty good. Equities to and on either side of
the hole. Locked in their own private battle. -- equal distance.
The best round of the day has come from Rory McIlroy, 67. It will ease
some of his earlier worries. His first appearance since winning the
current jug double-macro years ago, let's get his thoughts from Richard.
-- two years ago. Had you sum it up here at Royal Troon? I think I have
played pretty well. My side of the draw on Friday, we had it rough and
iPod like we should level par on that one. That was good. I probably
would regret the front nine, not being able to make some birdies. And
another solid round today. I feel with the circumstances I have played
pretty well this week. I do not know if I could have done any thing to
get near those two at the top of the leaderboard. They are on a different
planet this week and it'll be fun to watch the back nine and see you
comes on top. He has got at! Stenson is a 17-under par in the Open
Championship. Six birdies today and he has opened up a gap with
Mickelson. Can he find the answer? Get in there! Right on top. A birdie
there from Mickelson. Giving these huge galleries their money 's worth.
J.B. Holmes. He finished so far adrift of
-- he finished so far adrift of Tom Watson and Jack Nicholas all of
those years ago. Always a big moment. The tee shot at the 11th.
Finished to the right of it. It could be tight. Do not go too
far. You would have been puffing hard on that one. Great position
now. On firmer fairways that would have
been in trouble. On a softer landing you are fine. Mickelson taking the
driver. He was close on the left yesterday. We have seen a seven,
eight and a nine. That is perfect. J.B. Holmes to remain 700. --
7-under par. A very solid round. Over the corner of the gauze here
for Stenson with a five iron. Getting up is not a problem.
Another great iron shot. Little bit unlucky. Sitting down very quickly.
Mickelson at the 11th. Mickelson. A six iron. Or thereabouts. Come on!
Listen to the man. Oh, wow. He offers his own commentary. Best shot
he hit all day. Down the back. Comparisons with 1977 are very apt.
Hubert Green was third at ten behind Jack Nicholas and 11 behind Tom
Watson. J.B. Holmes is nine behind Phil Mickelson and ten behind Henrik
Stenson. Rory McIlroy with 67 as well. Astonishing performance from
Stenson and Mickelson. Long-range birdie attempt at 11. Mickelson just
over the back of the green. Go, go! That is a big error of
judgment from Stenson. It will not upset Phil Mickelson.
What a difference in the nines at Royal Troon. 936 over on the back
nine. What a difference. And with what Phil Mickelson described as the
best shot he has hit all week, a little bit unlucky, just trickling
down the back. Will this stay up? Can see the
marker of Stenson. Some six feet away. Mickelson has also worked it
out. He should pop in. A little bit of gamesmanship. Phil Mickelson is
going to finish. Would not normally see that. I like this. This is
becoming Match Play. Absolutely Match Play. Although Match Play,
Phil Mickelson could not do this. I am N. -- I am in. Just turning the
screw with a smile. There is nothing easy about this
putt, I promise you. He has got to start outside the hole, almost two
balls out. Going up the hill. Got to be nice and firm.
Not enough pace. A little bit firmer and it would have held the line. And
they go to the 12 tied. Andrew Johnston is just beginning to
let slip a couple of shots. Bogey at ten and 12. This is for the part.
All groaning with him. -- for the par. Andrew Johnston alongside Rory
McIlroy. Round of 67. Four under. Phil Mickelson with the iron again.
He got lucky yesterday. Got tangled up with a little bit of gauze. But
he made a brilliant four. Stay! He has done it again. But not as bad as
yesterday. The iron was well for Stenson. It is a long one but the
wind has dropped. Would have been in their faces.
Good tee shot. Last time he followed the bogey with three birdies. Birdie
putt for Cyril Hatton. What a couple of weeks for this young man. Get
there. Oh, yes. He joins the group at 4-under par.
It has been a valiant defence of his the Open crown. Zach Johnson has
featured... If he can close with the par, 1-under at the moment, he did
not want to give away the claret jug but he has performed so well here.
Tyrell Hatton, 221. Just about the full distance today. And they like
it. Beautiful shot from Tyrell Hatton. What a tee shot on the par
three at the 17th. Down the flag, all the way. To go to 5-under. Not
lying too badly. But feet below the ball. Aiming at to the left. It
should come round the bed. It has gone well right. -- come round a
bit. That is a horrible mound of nasty nurse. That was going in quite
quickly. -- nasty nurse. Look how quickly it shot down.
That is OK. Looked good in the air. Definite advantage for Stenson at
12. Mickelson in trouble. A little bit to the left for his birdie at
18. Not far to go the Mickelson. But it
is the lie. Just try to get any kind of control on the ball.
OK. Take your medicine. Tyrell Hatton after that superb tee shot on
the 17th... No, no. He stays in that private home battle in 4-under par,
tied with Rory McIlroy and Andrew Johnston. Stenson for an unlikely
birdie at the bottom under this 12th green. Coming from the three
pat-macro. -- three putt. It is short again. But it should not
be a problem. Defending champion. Par on the final
hole. What a valiant defence it has been for Zach Johnson. 71 to close.
Sub par for the winner at St Andrews.
We have learned a little bit from the pace of Stenson's putt. A lot of
people have been short. He has given it. Yes. Mickelson! What a four. He
has played the 12th terribly and the last couple of days, walking off
with fours. He stays 16-under. It is developing into a classic. Stenson,
just to finish out. Which he has done. Once he finished the 12, six
holes straight from home and the claret jug the end for one of these
two blaze, Stenson and Mickelson side-by-side. -- two players. Steve
Stricker with a chance for two at 14. A couple of birdies so far. Not
a bogey on the card. And another from Steve Stricker. He moves to
6-under par. The Americans are all over Royal Troon. STUDIO: Par save
at the last hole for Phil Mickelson, locked in with Henrik Stenson. Great
progress for Steve Stricker heading for his first top five in a major in
two years. But where is can? -- Kenneth? This is a wonderful one.
Your name is? Gary. Gary and Gwyn. They are cutting the flag is this
week. And they get a signed flag. Well done. This one looks like a
winner. You are standing a bit near to it! Well done, Gary and Gwyn.
Andrew Johnston, tee shot at 14. Pin back left. Falling back right.
Straight left to right. Looking the record. Tom Morris senior. 149 years
ago. Just seems like yesterday. Straight left to right here for
Mickelson. It just seems commonplace now,
doesn't it? It is shot after shot setting up the birdie opportunity.
Andrew Johnston all the way on the back of the 14th.
What an effort he has given it. We hearing cries of beef. He will be
hearing it in his sleep. Round of 67. He will be leader in the
clubhouse. Get there. Go, go. Round of 68. What a couple of great weeks
for him. Last week at the Scottish open and here at the Open
Championship, turning a reasonable year into a fantastic one. For
Tyrell Hatton. Stenson now to try and strike first.
There is not much to it. Across the 13th green.
Remaining 16-under. Looking for his first major Championship. This is
gettable, no doubt about it, for Phil Mickelson. Not a huge amount in
it. Giving it a bit of a run. Missing by fractions. 62 on
Thursday. That was almost as close. They are still tied together with
five holes to play. Everybody is clattering from the stands and
trying to get a position as they move onto the 14th. It is just
fascinating. Garcia. Birdie putt at 16 on the par
five. He gets to 4-under. In a four way tie for fifth position.
That is another one. Perfect distance from Mickelson. And again a
fairly flat putt. One had and 78 yards here for
Stenson. -- one 78 yards. They will try and draw it back into the
breeze. He likes it. Good shot. He's been pretty lucky with that
lie. This is the fifth shot now. He is in all kinds of trouble on the
right-hand side of the hole. What a recovery. Two shots ago -- two shots
to go. He will slip back to 5-under. Great opportunity for Mickelson, who
is going to make the first putt? If Phil can get this in, the pressure
will go straight back on Henrik. Certain three. Opens the door for
Henrik Stenson, slightly. Andrew Johnston, to say par again.
-- to save par again. He has been entertaining us royally but he is
just slipping a little bit at the moment. Still inside the top ten but
he will go back to 3-under. Four bogeys in the last nine holes.
The sun is out and Stenson has sized this up. Another chance to lead on
his own. He has it! Stenson and Sweden start
to count down the holes, he leads by one with four to play. Birdie number
seven, remarkable golf under this final round pressure. What a
leaderboard, what a performance from both of them. Off to the 15th Igor,
Mickelson now chasing down Stenson. -- off to the 15th Igor. STUDIO:
Sweden has produced four major winners in major golf. -- women's
golf. But I am sure they are all willing on their man today.
COMMENTATOR: Fitting weather now for willing on their man today.
COMMENTATOR: Fitting weather now for this
Not up to his normal lofty Stenson now 17 and under par, look
Not up to his normal lofty standards. Adrenaline will be
coursing through his veins as he watches Mickelson. We all watch
Mickelson now, look at the crowd on the right-hand side. Second to the
15th. Walking after it, be right he says.
It was for direction just a little bit shy. JB Holmes laid up short of
the ditch, 3-wood. Smashes it. Great shot, coming off a double
bogey. That's now for eagle. He has studied it from every
possible angle. Mickelson biding his time, waiting his turn. Down in two
from here, he would probably take that. One clear at the moment. His
caddy waits. We all wait and watch, it's good, it's great from Stenson!
What a birdie, what are putt! Birdie number eight and he is closing in on
the Claret Jug. The comparisons to 77, Tom Watson did the same thing
from off the green at the 15th. What are putt. His card is almost
entirely red, an extraordinary final round from Stenson. Over to you Phil
. This, for birdie. It's a great effort. But Stenson is
two in front with three holes to play.
That's four. Doesn't get any better than this.
Garcia. 18th, uphill all the way from this angle, slow.
Another great major performance from Sergio Garcia, 69 today. Mickelson
first to play. Second easiest hole on the golf
course, 30 birdies and three eagles. Phil has got his 3-wood out, the
green well in range. What a lovely shot. He has found the
par-5 in two with an eagle chance. It's not over until the fat lady
sings. Stenson also out with a big club. This might carry all the way
to the green. He's pulled it. We could have big
swing here. Steve Stricker at the 17th, having a wonderful round, he
is 7-under. Hasn't dropped a shot, this is going to be his first
calamity of the day. Unfortunate, played quite stunning golf today,
out in 34, two birdies coming home. This doesn't look too clever, Peter.
I think the lie is probably a little bit better than it looks. Little bit
of a landing area as well. Pretty good result there. You just need a
bit of Lady luck sometimes. Could be level in three or four
minutes. About four different permutations here. Phil Mickleson
putting for history, looking good. Oh! That was robbery. What a
fantastic effort. Magnificent effort. Birdie four. Just seemed to
hop once midway down that path, maybe just took a bit of pace out of
it? Don't know how it stayed out. Pressure with the P. Double pressure
on this one. A little down the slope as well, it is ticklish. All right,
he's done it. Nerves of steel. Two to go, two ahead. STUDIO: Stenson
now 19-under par, matching so far the lowest round total for an Open
Championship of Tiger Woods in 2000, can he hang the lead and what would
be a tie of the records are indeed could he yet break it?
COMMENTATOR: It all comes down to this. Probably a 3-iron, small
target. He likes it. It's going to be all
right. It's going to be slightly better than all right. That is
majestic. What a shot, right down the flag, what a cracking iron shot.
Follow that, Phil. He knows what he's got to do, has
hit a lot of good piping hot iron is as well, has Phil.
Sort of likes it. Stay there, it's down the bank. The further down it
goes the harder the shot becomes. Chances got a poor lie.
This looks more like a Championship now is the sun comes out and the
breeze has dropped just a little bit, it's gone from a wind to a
stiff breeze. Buzz of excitement everywhere, could it be Stensons
date? -- day? Mickelson faced with a very difficult shot. Almost a good
one. Still six yards from the hole. A little bit dry lipped, that's
understandable. Phil really needs to pop this in. He is already two
behind. This to save par at the 17th. He's done it. He has the heart
of a lion. If he was a boxer he would be up against the ropes
getting pummelled but he's not going to fall over just yet. Wonderful
stuff, been an absolute delight, the battle between these two today.
?433,000, what a brilliant week 's work. The 69 today included a double
bogey. Well done JB. This putt for a two to increase his lead. Golly. It
happened to Mickelson on the last hole. You would swear it was in when
it was to three inches short. But both in 43. -- for three.
A wonderful effort, 69 for Steve Stricker. Horrible double bogey from
nowhere at the 17th but what a week 's work. Part-time player these
days, Steve Stricker. Comes out for the big ones and that's a terrific
effort. Finishes fourth on his own. Smiling Andrew Johnston, what fun he
has provided this week. Just a few dropped shots over the last have a
dozen holes or so but I'm sure he has learned a lot and given that
remained as amount of pleasure. -- given a tremendous amount of
pleasure. The 18th tee. What a battle these two have had, Mickelson
and Stenson. It will be Stenson first. Two shots ahead. The Claret
Jug in his hands, hasn't quite closed his hands on it yet. We need
one straight and true. Three bunkers up the left and one up the right,
cannot reach the one up the right with this club. There are the
bunkers. Little fairway wood, one bunker at
the right-hand side which he would be able to reach with this club. A
bit of room the right. Absolute perfection. Coming out just shy of
that trap. No! Lucky, Lucky! Never looked like going in. He's not sure
either. Mind the bunkers, give yourself a chance.
From there we have occasionally seen people hole second shots. That was a
beautiful tee shot from Stenson. We were confident he couldn't reach the
right-hand bunker, the dreaded Greg Norman bunker. It must, it cannot,
it will, it hasn't. 16 inches short. Into the bottom of the cup... Oh.
They will be jumping up and down at his clubhouse at the moment.
Fantastic effort. Good luck Andrew, well done, well played. 73, he will
finish eighth on his own. Sounded quite sweet. Half a club
short perhaps. Mrs Stenson looking very serious.
Now straight at that bottom left-hand window, smooth shot, just
keep it steady. What's he done? That's what he's done! Heart of the
green. Another majestic shot. What a day, what around this has been.
Absolute delight. Great scenes. Suddenly the Championship comes
alive, one has to say it hasn't been the most flamboyant, the weather has
been against us. So much organisation, so many things to do,
you cannot control the weather. But we have certainly enjoyed the
quality of the golf put on by these two today. Shot for shot, blow for
blow, absolutely brilliant. It is going to be Sweden's day. Do you
think he's risking starting to put Stenson's name? They always put the
number of strokes don't they? If he can pop it in, you can never tell
with sport, we have seen a few fall at the last hurdle, this is to go
round in 64. Big swing on this, at least four feet. He is judged it
right. Brilliant effort, just short of pace.
65. Brilliant last round. But it's not going to be quite enough. Hadi
putt on the 18th on Thursday for 62 for the lowest round ever in a major
Championship. Well done Phil, played some wonderful stuff. At 46 years of
age. Finish in style. It is there. Water of golf! What a
day! What a way to end. Magnificent. Absolutely magnificent.
Gracious loser, Phil Mickleson. I shake and a hug. Well played, a
wonderful battle. Don't come much better than that, Ken. No. Amazing
performance, round in 63. He's a good sport, Phil. It has been a
lifetime 's dream. Finally winning the big one. His wife has been by
his side for the last seven or eight years. Matthew Southgate. Pete
Carroll and will be around somewhere. His coach, gave him a pep
talk after the US Open where he withdrew, to save pull your finger
out, you are better than that. He has reached the magic age of 40,
life begins. Will he go on like a few have done before when they reach
the magic figure of 40? Getting even better. Well done, well done,
everyone is delighted for him. One of the good guys. STUDIO: What a
special day, the lowest final-round in this Championship, ever, by a
champion, beating Greg Norman's 64 in 1994. We started with Mickelson
getting 63 on Thursday and we finish with another, only the 10th in Open
Championship history. 20-under par story is the lowest score to par in
any Open. And it equals Jason Day as the lowest as any major in history.
The final putt about to drop on a round of 63, only Jonny Mellor has
done that at the US Open and won a major, what a way to smash down the
door. 65 for Phil Mickleson, how should we remember today? It was a
bit like 1977. Two of the best players in the game going head to
head right at the top of the game, nothing quite like it. A marvellous
days golf, ten birdies on the card, started with the 3-putt and you
thought would he wobble but he did not, what a day, phenomenal. Classic
Match Play situation more or less from the off, nobody else seemed to
matter. Yes, after a few holes you could see they were in total command
of the game. Stenson has already been a great driver, it is whether
he could hole clutch parts and by golly he did today. Phil Mickleson,
his 11th runner-up in a major and 17 Underwood have won all but four Open
Championships, how will he feel? If you give it your best and it's not
enough, that's all you can do. He was beaten by a better man today.
Sweden will be so pleased, he will be the Prince of Sweden. Finally one
of them winning a major. Real class from them both, time to collect one
of the most precious prizes in sport, this moment has been a long
time coming. With a score of 264, the winner of the Gold Medal and the
champion golfer of the year is Henrik Stenson! CHEERING
APPLAUSE How popular are when will this man
be? He has been around quite a while, he's been a marvellous player
but he handled himself so well, he's got a sense of humour, talks to
everybody, he's a proper superstar. And golf 's newest major star is
with us, clutching the Claret Jug, congratulations. Was that the round
of your life? Possibly, yeah. I have had a couple of nice final rounds
but probably not as good as this one. What made you so confident that
after all the close calls it was going to be your day to day? I
didn't feel like I had much to lose, I have been second, third, there is
only one thing that matters and its winning. I knew I had to play as
good as I can more or less to come out on top and I am very happy I
managed to do it. The lead changed hands at the 1st hole, looked like a
few signs of nervousness, Phil Mickleson wouldn't back down, seven
times it changed hands. What was going on, did it feel like Match
Play? Yes, it was going to be that way. We managed to leave the other
players with a bit of distance, it was going to be him or me and I know
he doesn't back down, I knew I had to play some of my best golf. Didn't
get off to the best start, didn't hit my second shot good enough, came
out long-range and three putted, but it kind of made me focus more, get
into my game plan and my game again. Just making tonnes of birdies. What
was the moment when you felt you had it and would win? To be certain that
was when I hit a wedge into the middle of the green on the last. It
could have been a comfy ride coming down 18, there are some key moments
of course. I made the 23rd putt for birdie on 14 and drained a bomb from
15 yards and 15, I knew he was going to make it with possibly an eagle on
16 and I chip it up and he misses and I had to make this five footer
to stay two ahead. Coming up 17 I had a brilliant shot but he never
gives up. He made par and I just missed mine. But it was still only
two, I had to play the way to the finish. You have shouldered
expectations in your country for a long time, I know that Jesper
Parnevik was here at 19 years ago, you have waited all that time and he
sent you a text message and you finished what he couldn't, how
meaningful is that you and your country? Yes, this is for all the
guys who have been there before me, who tried and came close. We have
always had that on our shoulder, when is it going to happen? Now it
has happened and we can focus on getting a second one rather than
when is it going to happen. Do you believe this is the first of many? I
don't know how many, but I've got one and I am hungry for more, I
wouldn't mind another one or two. We wish you all the best,
congratulations. Here at Royal Troon, what a contest,
what a day, and what a champion, all hail Henrik Stenson. Thank you very
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