After a dramatic final round battle, Mutual of Omaha–sponsored golfer Henrik Stenson claimed his first major title with a win at the British Open Sunday.
Stenson began the final round with a one–stroke lead over Phil Mickelson, but surrendered his advantage with a bogey on the first hole. That set up an epic final–round duel at Scotland’s Royal Troon.
No more than one stroke separated the golfers through most of the round. Stenson closed the door on Mickelson on the 15th when he sunk a 50–foot birdie putt from off the green. He took a 2–stroke lead into the final hole and finished the day with an 8–under 63, beating Mickelson by three strokes.
Stenson finished with a 20–under 264 overall, shattering the Open scoring record of 267 set in 1993 by Greg Norman at Royal St. George’s.
Henrik has established himself as one of the top players in the world. He had the best season of his career in 2013, becoming the first player ever to win the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup title and the European Tour's Race to Dubai championship in the same year. A native of Sweden, Henrik has started a foundation which aims to help support and encourage children to reach their full potential through sports.