British Open Results 2013: How Top Stars Performed at Muirfield
The 2013 British Open is in the books, as Phil Mickelson added yet another major championship to his decorated resume. It wasn't easy for Lefty, however, as countless stars made their runs at the title and others stole headlines for less glamorous reasons.
The question is: How did the world's top stars perform at Muirfield?
From outstanding performances to fourth-round collapses to all-around pitiful attempts, we saw it all. Even as a golf superstar came out on top, there was no shortage of unpredictable developments with the top talent involved.
Here's how the biggest names in golf fared.
Phil Mickelson (-3)
Phil Mickelson entered the final round of play at 2-over par, thus displaying the inconsistencies that have prevented him from winning this event in the past. After struggling to break even in the previous two rounds, however, Mickelson shot an awe-inspiring 5-under 66 to win the British Open.
All that's left for Lefty to win is the U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson now only needs the US Open to complete the career grand slam. He has 6 US Open runner-up finishes, most of anyone in history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2013
Can we doubt him after this one?
This marks Mickelson's fifth career major championship, as he now owns three Masters Tournament titles and one at both the PGA Championship and British Open. In turn, he becomes the most decorated player of his generation south of Tiger Woods.
Just check the numbers.
With the win today, Phil Mickelson becomes the 4th player since 1980 to win 3 different majors (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2013
An incredible feat, to say the least.
Mickelson started strong, putting forth a bogey-free front nine with two birdies for a score of 34. After striking bogey on 10, Mickelson proceeded to birdie four of his final six holes and pull away from Adam Scott during a late race for the title.
For one of the most beloved figures in professional sports, this win was especially rewarding.
Rory McIlroy (CUT)
Rory McIlroy was once the hottest star in all of professional golf, earning the World No. 1 ranking and owning two major championships at the age of 23. In 2013, however, the 24-year-old has gone down a different path.
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After dreadful showings at the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, McIlroy rounded it all out by missing the cut at The Open Championship.
It was trouble from the start, as McIlroy shot an 8-over 79 during the first round. He was 1-over after the front nine, but collapsed with two double-bogeys and four bogeys to one birdie on the back nine of the opening round.
Following that dreadful performance, McIlroy bogeyed four of his first eight holes, including a double bogey on 7. Even with two birdies to close out the second round, McIlroy finished with a 4-over 75 for the day.
There are no words to describe our shock at McIlroy's meltdown.
Justin Rose (CUT) & Adam Scott (+1)
The first two major championships of the year have gone to first-time winners in Justin Rose and Adam Scott. Rose took the U.S. Open, while Scott won a dramatic playoff against Angel Cabrera to take home the green jacket at the Masters Tournament.
They experienced completely different results at The Open Championship.
Rose struggled to do much of anything, shooting an opening round 75 to put him at 4-over par entering the second day of action. With his back against the wall, Rose collapsed, shooting a 6-over 77 and thus moving to 10-over.
That was it for the U.S. Open champion, as he missed the cut and was thus eliminated from the 2013 British Open.
Scott fared significantly better, finishing the tournament at 1-over par and earning a third-place finish. After the 12th hole, Scott was actually resting at 2-under and competing with Mickelson for the championship crown.
And then he collapsed.
Scott found bogey on four consecutive holes at 13, 14, 15, and 16, respectively. This pushed him down to 2-over par, all but eliminating him from contention and making his birdie on 18 irrelevant to his dreams of winning the event.
In that same breath, that birdie led to a third place finish and thus earned him a total of 160 points in the FedEx Cup standings and $428,776. Had he struck par on 18, Scott would have finished one spot lower and picked up $249,377 and 101 points.
Every shot counts, folks.
Tiger Woods (+2)
It appears as if the red shirt and black pants are beginning to have an adverse effect on Tiger Woods.
Woods began the 2013 Open Championship with a 2-under 69 and followed it up by breaking even in the second round. Even after hitting a 1-over 72 in the third round, Woods was in prime position to take home his fourth career British Open championship.
And then we heard an all too familiar story.
Tiger Woods: +23 in rounds 3 & 4 over last 6 majors (-11 rounds 1 & 2)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2013
It's safe to say that no one expected the day to come that we grow weary of Woods' ability to close out a major tournament.
Woods bogeyed the first hole of the day, thus leaving some on the edge of their seats. It was no prettier as the round continued, as he struck bogey on five of his first 11 holes.
Fortunately, finding birdie on 9, 12 and 14 gave Woods an outside chance on a constantly shifting leaderboard.
With a bogey on 15, however, Woods' title dreams were dashed and his major championship drought continues. While Lefty may have dominated the final round of play, no one expected Woods to struggle so immensely during the rounds we expect him to shine.
Something needs to change for Woods, as our generation's greatest simply isn't himself.
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