In one of most exciting finishes at any major in recent years, the players finally wrested the headlines away from the Open Championship's Muirfield course, whose hard-edge fairways and glassy greens dominated play throughout the week.
Ultimately, it was hot-handed Phil Mickelson who bested the field with a final-round 66. As favorite son Lee Westwood faltered in his attempt to win his first major, Tiger Woods once again was unable to gain traction on the final day of a major to gather his 15th title.
The tournament was not without its issues, as the players complained early and often about windswept, browned-out Muirfield, and the R&A added insult to injury by penalizing players for slow play.
While considered the "fairest" of Open Championship golf courses, Muirfield was a true test of the players' patience, nerve and stamina.
Obviously, Phil is the biggest winner, so here are the other winners and losers.