Stenson ended a streak of American winners at Royal Troon that dated to 1950.
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Henrik Stenson kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, because there was no other way to beat Phil Mickelson in a British Open duel that ranked among the best in golf.Stenson finished at 20-under 264, the lowest 72-hole score ever in a major.Stenson won by three shots over Mickelson, a runner-up for the 11th time in a major, but never like this.Mickelson said it was the best golf he ever played without winning.Stenson and Mickelson were never separated by more than two shots over 40 straight holes until the Swede's final birdie.Stenson matched his birdie with an up-and-down from deep rough, and he was on his way.Mickelson had not won since the British Open at Muirfield three years ago, with Stenson as the runner-up. Mickelson began the week at Royal Troon with a 63, and Stenson finished what Lefty started.Stenson three-putted for bogey from just off the first green, and he three-putted on No. 10 to fall back into a tie for the lead.They matched pars on only six of the 18 holes.
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