The 2013 British Open from Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, Scotland, was one of the best tournaments of the year thus far, and the results of the event have only made golf fans more excited for the final major of the year.
With the Open Championship out of the way and the PGA Championship next on the major schedule, there are players that have gained or lost momentum over the last week.
All of the following stars have been impacted by the way they played at Muirfield, and are looking to use their showing at the 2013 British Open as motivation moving forward.
2013 British Open Final Leaderboard
For complete results, check the Open's official website.
Biggest Winner: Phil Mickelson
After putting himself in a position to contend on Sunday, American golf legend Phil Mickelson cemented his spot in British Open history by stealing the show with a five-under-par 66 and taking home his first career Claret Jug.
Mickelson was coming off a devastating second-place finish at the U.S. Open in June, and while he was able to win his first links course the week before at the Scottish Open, there were still many that believed he couldn't get the Open Championship monkey off his back.
The American has now won three of the four majors in the sport over the course of his career.
Not only was Mickelson a huge winner this week at Muirfield because he hoisted the Claret Jug, but also because he has proven that he should be in the conversation as one of the greatest players of all time.
As Mickelson said on the ESPN broadcast after his round, if only his six second-place finishes at the U.S. Open equaled one win.
Biggest Loser: Luke Donald
While there was a time in 2012 where Irish star Luke Donald was ranked the No. 1 player in the world, the tour veteran has played terrible in 2013. He further disappointed his supporters by missing the cut for this year’s British Open.
Not only has Donald never won a major before, but with a 10-over-par final score through two rounds (missed the cut), he has also proven that he is struggling in every aspect of his game right now. Donald’s three top-10 finishes on the year show he is not the same player he was last season.
The British Open should have been an event the European star thrived in, but under the bright lights at Muirfield, the former top player in the world faltered and failed.
The hope now is that Donald finds his rhythm before the PGA Championship in early August.
Biggest Surprise: Miguel Angel Jimenez
While there is no doubt that Miguel Angel Jimenez’s five-over-par, 13th-place finish at the 2013 Open Championship wasn’t the ideal result, the fact that he had the lead after 36 holes in a major for the first time in his career was a testament to how well he performed.
The Spanish star has never won a major, but he showed that he has the mental strength to stay in contention even after a porous day. He shot a 68 and 71 on Days 1 and 2 respectively, but came unglued on Day 3 with a six-over-par 77. Overall though, his performance is a great sign for his career moving forward.
At 49 years old, better for a golfer to find his stride late than never.
With the PGA Championship being the next major tournament on the schedule, how Jimenez follows up his surprising success at the British Open will be a test of how long he will sustain his stellar play.
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