2016 British Open: Record-Breaking Win by Stenson

Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory after the winning putt on the 18th green during the final round on day four of the 2016 Open Championship
Henrik Stenson raises his hands in victory on the final green after winning the 2016 British Open. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Henrik Stenson played one of the greatest final rounds in major championship history to outduel Phil Mickelson and win the 2016 British Open.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Henrik Stenson, 264
  • Dates: July 14-17, 2016
  • Golf course: Royal Troon
  • Open Championship number: This was the 145th time the championship was played.

Plenty of Firsts and Bests by Stenson

Henrik Stenson claimed his first major championship victory by three shots over runner-up Phil Mickelson, and in so doing Stenson set or tied several big scoring records:

And Stenson also became the first Swede to win one of the men's majors.

How Stenson Beat Mickelson to Win the 2016 Open

It was Mickelson who set Royal Troon afire first, shooting his own 63 in the first round. Stenson carded a 68 in the opening round, then followed that with a 65. Another 68 in the third round gave Stenson a 1-stroke lead over Mickelson, the 2013 British Open winner, heading into the final round.

And it was a 2-man race: Stenson and Mickelson began the final day a half-dozen shots in front, and only pulled away. The eventual third-place finisher, J.B. Holmes, was 11 behind Mickelson and 14 behind Stenson.

Stenson and Mickelson battled for most of the last day, exchanging the lead several times early on, spending more time tied. Both played great, hitting fairways, hitting greens, making putts, sinking lots of birdies.

Mickelson - who was bogey-free in the final round - birdied the first hole, eagled the fourth and birdied the six. He shot 32 over the front nine.

But Stenson recovered from an opening-hole bogey to make birdies on five of the next seven holes and also shot 32 on the front nine. He led Mickelson by one at the turn.

When Stenson bogied the 11th, the two were tied again. But Stenson then reeled off three consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16, taking a 2-stroke lead.

When Stenson birdied the 18th hole, he matched the major scoring record of 63 and secured the tournament and major championship records of 264, beating Mickelson by three. It was only the second time ever at a major that the winner closed with a 63.

For Mickelson, a 5-time major winner, it was his 11th career runner-up finish in a major. That was second all-time at this point to Jack Nicklaus' 19 runner-ups.

The 72-hole major scoring record that Stenson broke was David Toms' 265 at the 2001 PGA Championship. And who was runner-up in that tournament? Mickelson.

This was Stenson's fifth overall victory on the PGA Tour and his 11th on the European Tour.

2016 Open Championship Scores

Here are the final scores from the 2016 British Open, played at Royal Troon Golf Club (par-71) in Troon, South Ayshire, Scotland:

Henrik Stenson 68-65-68-63--264 $1,549,590
Phil Mickelson 63-69-70-65--267 $890,190
J.B. Holmes 70-70-69-69--278 $571,040
Steve Stricker 67-75-68-69--279 $444,436
Sergio Garcia 68-70-73-69--280 $310,798
Tyrrell Hatton 70-71-71-68--280 $310,798
Rory McIlroy 69-71-73-67--280 $310,798
Andrew Johnston 69-69-70-73--281 $224,196
Bill Haas 68-70-69-75--282 $178,477
Dustin Johnson 71-69-72-70--282 $178,477
Soren Kjeldsen 67-68-75-72--282 $178,477
Emiliano Grillo 69-72-72-70--283 $122,154
Zach Johnson 67-70-75-71--283 $122,154
Patrick Reed 66-74-71-72--283 $122,154
Matthew Southgate 71-71-72-69--283 $122,154
Andy Sullivan 67-76-71-69--283 $122,154
Gary Woodland 69-73-71-70--283 $122,154
Keegan Bradley 67-68-76-73--284 $91,492
Tony Finau 67-71-72-74--284 $91,492
Miguel Angel Jimenez 71-72-70-71--284 $91,492
Charl Schwartzel 72-66-73-73--284 $91,492
Jason Day 73-70-71-71--285 $69,113
Jason Dufner 71-71-74-69--285 $69,113
David Howell 74-70-71-70--285 $69,113
Thongchai Jaidee 71-74-69--71--285 $69,113
Kevin Na 70-69-73-73--285 $69,113
Justin Rose 68-77-70-70--285 $69,113
Brandt Snedeker 73-73-68-71--285 $69,113
Lee Westwood 71-73-73-68--285 $69,113
Darren Clarke 71-72-73-70--286 $51,489
Russell Knox 72-70-75-69--286 $51,489
Ryan Palmer 72-73-71-70--286 $51,489
Thomas Pieters 68-76-70-72--286 $51,489
Haydn Porteous 70-76-68-72--286 $51,489
Jordan Spieth 71-75-72-68--286 $51,489
Padraig Harrington 70-72-73-72--287 $42,861
Martin Kaymer 66-73-74-74--287 $42,861
Francesco Molinari 69-71-73-74--287 $42,861
Rafa Cabrera Bello 68-71-75-74--288 $37,091
Matt Jones 69-73-75-71--288 $37,091
Webb Simpson 70-72-71-75--288 $37,091
Bubba Watson 70-76-72-70--288 $37,091
Luke Donald 73-72-72-72--289 $31,322
Jim Herman 70-70-72-77--289 $31,322
Adam Scott 69-73-76-71--289 $31,322
Nicolas Colsaerts 72-73-70-75--290 $25,227
Harris English 73-73-73-71--290 $25,227
Rickie Fowler 69-72-76-73--290 $25,227
Matt Kuchar 71-68-75-76--290 $25,227
Ryan Moore 70-73-74-73--290 $25,227
Alex Noren 70-72-73-75--290 $25,227
Richard Sterne 68-74-76-72--290 $25,227
Kevin Chappell 71-75-73-72--291 $22,103
K.T. Kim 70-71-77-73--291 $22,103
Marc Leishman 74-69-75-73--291 $22,103
Justin Thomas 67-77-74-73--291 $22,103
Danny Willett 71-75-74-71--291 $22,103
Ryan Evans 71-75-74-72--292 $21,365
Byeong-Hun An 70-70-76-77--293 $21,035
Jim Furyk 74-72-72-75--293 $21,035
Jon Rahm 74-71-73-75--293 $21,035
Daniel Summerhays 71-73-77-72--293 $21,035
Paul Lawrie 72-74-74-74--294 $20,573
Graeme McDowell 75-71-72-76--294 $20,573
Mark O'Meara 71-72-78-73--294 $20,573
Zander Lombard 69-76-74-76--295 $20,254
Harold Varner III 71-72-75-77--295 $20,254
Marco Dawson 72-73-77-74--296 $19,848
James Hahn 74-72-74-76--296 $19,848
Patton Kizzire 76-70-75-75--296 $19,848
Anirban Lahiri 69-72-76-79--296 $19,848
Jamie Donaldson 69-73-76-79--297 $19,320
Branden Grace 70-74-76-77--297 $19,320
Scott Hend 71-73-77-76--297 $19,320
Yuta Ikeda 68-74-78-77--297 $19,320
Kevin Kisner 70-72-80-76--298 $18,991
Charley Hoffman 71-73-78-77--299 $18,859
Colin Montgomerie 71-75-79-76--301 $18,727
Kodai Ichihara 69-77-78-78--302 $18,529
Soomin Lee 68-77-75-82--302 $18,529
Greg Chalmers 72-71-77-85--305 $18,331