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British Open 2016: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize-Money Payouts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2016

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 17:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory after the winning putt during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished 20 under for the tournament to claim the Open Championship.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Phil Mickelson was spectacular at the British Open on Sunday, but, somehow, Henrik Stenson was even better.

The 40-year-old Swede put together one of the most impressive performances at a major in golf history, shooting an eight-under 63 on the day to finish 20 under par overall, completing a three-stroke victory over Mickelson at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland.    

His score made history, per BBC Sport:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

Absolutely sensational! Henrik Stenson shoots the lowest score in #TheOpen history to win a first major, -20. https://t.co/1zcelHLvZx

His final tally also tied the best mark at any major, per ESPN Stats & Info. And his 63 tied him for the lowest score in an individual round at a major, alongside Mickelson, who posted that score in Thursday's opening round, and a slew of other golfers.

"Wow, this will take a little while to sink in," Stenson said after play concluded, per I want to thank Phil for a fantastic battle. I want to thank my wife, my family, my team for all their hard work to make this possible. I lost a dear friend to cancer earlier this week, and I feel he’s been with me all week. Mike, this one is for you​."

J.B. Holmes won the battle for third place, meanwhile, finishing six under for the tournament. Here's a look at the final leaderboard:

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And here are the payouts for the top finishers:

2016 British Open: Prize Payouts
PositionPlayerPrize Money
1Henrik Stenson£1,175,000
2Phil Mickelson£675,000
3J.B. Holmes£433,000
4Steve Stricker£337,000
5Rory McIlroy£235,666
5Tyrrell Hatton£235,666
5Sergio Garcia£235,666
Source: The Telegraph

Just how good was Stenson? Mickelson shot a final-round 65, his lowest final round at a major in his career, and didn't bogey a single hole, finishing with four birdies and an eagle. And despite that fantastic performance, Stenson still gained two strokes on him.

"It was fun to be part of that challenge," Mickelson said, per ESPN.com's Jason Sobel. "It was disappointing for me, but we've got a great champion."

Stenson's performance on Sunday was the stuff of legend. Despite two bogeys, he dominated the course, finishing with an incredible 10 birdies. 

Matt Jones of Bleacher Report was amazed by what he saw:

Matt Jones @MattJFootball

Special that. Probably the best round I've ever seen in a major. Stunning from Stenson #TheOpen

So was Ben Smith of BBC Sport: 

Ben Smith @BSmith

An unforgettable afternoon on the Ayrshire coast. Pure perfection by Stenson to win #TheOpen https://t.co/OgbyVuzUuX https://t.co/6cSwes1laN

Stenson came into the day with a one-stroke lead, but Mickelson quickly regained the lead on the first with a birdie, whereas Stenson bogeyed the hole. But Stenson would have his lead back by the third, sinking birdies on the next two holes, while Mickelson parred each. 

Stenson earned his third straight birdie on No. 4, but Mickelson drew even with this fantastic eagle, via The Open:

The Open @TheOpen

Mickelson eagles the fourth to tie the lead with Stenson at -14. https://t.co/5vUCcbBs5e #TheOpen https://t.co/9cTB08az2I

Both players would par Nos. 5 and 7 and birdie No. 6. Sobel was left in awe of the level of play: 

But Stenson again regained the lead with a birdie on No. 8, while Mickelson parred the hole. Both players parred No. 9 and birdied No. 10, before Stenson's bogey on No. 11 drew them even once again. 

Each would par the next two before Stenson appeared to take control over the next two holes, carding birdies on the 14th and 15th to take a two-stroke lead. His birdie on the 15th was nothing short of phenomenal:

The Open @TheOpen

He's holed it. Two shot lead for Stenson with three to play. #TheOpen https://t.co/xCrK3OtiXK

ESPN's Mike Greenberg was speechless:

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

That is the kind of putt that wins Majors. Stenson has been spectacular. #BritishOpen

Mickelson missed his eagle attempt by the slightest of margins on No. 16, settling for a birdie, but Stenson didn't blink either, sinking a birdie of his own to retain his two-stroke lead. Both players parred the 17th, which left Mickelson with one final hole to pull even. 

Even his par save on No. 17 was breathtaking:

The Open @TheOpen

Mickelson saves par. The battle continues down the last. #TheOpen https://t.co/J3w8RDnE81

Stenson barely avoided disaster on the 18th, missing the bunker off his tee shot by what appeared to be inches. But it hardly mattered, as he birdied the hole and finished two strokes ahead of Mickelson on the day.

Here was the decisive putt:

The Open @TheOpen

The putt that won it. Well done Henrik. #TheOpen https://t.co/ChYMyMswyP

It was a special day of golf, with Stenson and Mickelson waging a battle for the ages before the former pulled away down the stretch. Regardless of the result, watching the back-and-forth was a real treat for golf fans, as Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail noted:

Oliver Holt @OllieHolt22

Privilege to be at Royal Troon today. What a sport golf is when you get moments in time like Mickelson-Stenson

"I was hopeful that I could shoot something in the mid-60s," Mickelson said, per Sobel. "I thought anything in the 60s would've been a good round today."

He added, per Sobel, "I played well enough to win by a number of strokes and got beat. I'm happy with the way I played, but disappointed it wasn't enough."

While the scrap between the top two players stole the show, plenty of other golfers provided excellent highlights on the day. 

Andrew Johnston, for instance, sunk this fantastic birdie:

The Open @TheOpen

Birdie for #BEEF. #TheOpen https://t.co/LiijF3dCov

And Adam Scott had a nice putt on the third:

The Open @TheOpen

Scott birdies the third with a well-judged putt. https://t.co/5vUCcbBs5e #TheOpen https://t.co/vkONmU1wBp

The putters didn't provide the only highlights of the day, however. Far from it.

Kevin Chappell hit this fantastic chip at No. 2:

The Open @TheOpen

Nice chip in at the 2nd by @Kevin_Chappell. #TheOpen https://t.co/fD7AzCaRwy

And then there were the two players who made a strong case for shot of the day.

Matt Jones hit this absurd approach on No. 13:

The Open @TheOpen

What a shot from Matt Jones. #TheOpen https://t.co/ZApXXtLlv5

Ryan Palmer matched it on the sixth, however: 

The Open @TheOpen

Ryan Palmer holes out from the fairway for an eagle. https://t.co/5vUCcbBs5e #TheOpen https://t.co/f6l5jYPSvY

But the day belonged to Stenson. It's hard to imagine a player putting together a much more dominant showing at a major—especially one as traditionally perilous as the British Open—and doing so with Mickelson breathing down his neck. 

"For some reason, I just felt like this was my time," Stenson said, per Sobel. "And it was."

After finishing second at the tournament in 2013—yes, behind Mickelson, who stormed to the win in the final round at Muirfield—Stenson finally has his first major title. 

And given the way he played Sunday, it wouldn't surprise anyone if it wasn't his last.

     

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