British Open 2013 Results: Biggest Winners and Losers at Muirfield

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British Open 2013 Results: Biggest Winners and Losers at Muirfield
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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.

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