Henrik Stenson, after going toe-to-toe with Phil Mickelson for 18 holes Sunday at Royal Troon, pulled away to win the Open title for his first major championship.
Stenson shot an 8-under 63 to finish the tournament at 20-under. He won Sunday's matchup with Mickelson by 2 strokes and the Claret Jug by 3 over the American.
Both played stellar golf, combining for an eagle, 14 birdies and two bogeys in the final pairing.
Stenson delivered a crushing blow to Mickelson's chances of capturing a sixth major championship by making a 50-foot birdie putt from off the green at No. 15 that gave him a 2-shot lead with three to play.
Stenson's previous best finish in a major was a tie for second at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, which Mickelson won. Stenson becomes the first male Swedish golfer to win a major.
His total score of 264 broke the Open scoring record. Stenson eclipsed the mark of 267 set by Greg Norman in 1993.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Henrik Stenson claims Open for first major title
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