British Open 2013 Leaderboard: Most Impressive Performances at Muirfield

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21:  Phil Mickelson of the United States is presented with the Claret Jug by Captain of Muirfield, Robin Dow after winning the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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On the final day of the British Open, more than a few names put in performances worthy of praise. Phil Mickelson wasn't the only name to put together a fine tournament in Muirfield. Let's look at the most impressive performances throughout the British Open along with the final leaderboard.

Final Leaderboard

Phil Mickelson

Whenever someone mentions this year's edition of The Open, the conversation has to start with Mickelson's fourth-round performance. He was the only golfer in the field to finish under par, shooting 66 on the final day.

Lefty began the day tied for ninth place behind Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and others but rose above them all in the end. Take a look at this impressive stat tweeted out by ESPN's Numbers Never Lie:

"It was one of the best rounds of golf of my career...I putted amazing today and as well as I ever have," Mickelson told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi in his post-victory interview.

While some might have been surprised by his performance, the veteran golfer tallied a score of 69 in Round 1 of this tournament. His final round score is the most impressive, but Mickelson showed early on he had a legitimate chance in this tournament. 

In the first round, he had four birdies and just two bogeys before shooting 74 and 72 respectively in the next two rounds. Mickelson's final round will be the most talked about, but his performance throughout The Open is just as impressive.

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Ian Poulter

Poulter wasn't able to climb into the No. 1 spot in the fourth round of The Open. He did, however, raise 16 spots in one round.

This year has been much less than kind to Poulter, who has to feel good about his first top-five finish in a tournament since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.

Poulter finished fourth in that tournament but had failed to post a finish better than being tied for 21st in a tournament until The Open.

In arguably his most impressive round of golf in 2013, Poulter tallied four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in Round 4 of this tournament. He had finished just one other round at The Open with less than five bogeys before the final 18 holes.

This year won't go down as one of Poulter's best of his career, but maybe that final round of play can change his luck going forward.

Hideki Matsuyama

While Matsuyama was far from the biggest name in the field at the British Open, he did finish among some of the best.

After shooting 70 in Round 4 of The Open, the 21-year-old finished tied for sixth in the tournament. He entered the final day tied for 11th place and would've finished tied for third if not for being penalized for slow play.

The other two golfers who finished tied for sixth with Matsuyama were 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods. Those two names are not too bad to finish next to in your best career finish at a major.

This finish at The Open gives Matsuyama two top-10 finishes in major tournaments this year. Earlier this season, he finished tied for 10th at the U.S. Open. For a golfer who just turned professional this year, Matsuyama has got to feel good about his first season on the tour.