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The Open Championship: Three-Way (and Four-Way) Playoffs

YEAR WINNER RUNNERS-UP COURSE
1. 1989 Mark Calcavecchia Wayne Grady Royal Troon
Greg Norman
2. 1999 Paul Lawrie Justin Leonard Carnoustie
Jean van de Velde
3. 2002 Ernie Els Stuart Appleby Muirfield
Steve Elkington
Thomas Levet
4. 2015 Zach Johnson Marc Leishman St Andrews
Louis Oosthuizen

PGA: Phil Mickelson Wins First Open Championship – Lefty’s Career Open and U.S. Open Record and Results

Phil Mickelson, Winner of the 2013 Open Championship - His Fifth Major Win

Phil Mickelson, Winner of the 2013 Open Championship – His Fifth Major Win

Phil Mickelson roared down the back nine at Muirfield on Sunday, birdieing four of the final six holes to win his first Open Championship (and fifth major over all).

The closest Mickelson came to winning The Open before 2013 was a second-place finish at Royal St George’s in 2011. He had a third place finish in 2004 (Royal Troon), also, but no other top 10s in 19 attempts – until today. Below, take a look at Lefty’s career Open Championship record.

He now needs to win the U.S. Open to complete the career Grand Slam. He has come oh so close so many times – finishing second on six (!!) occasions and fourth twice more out of 23 tries.

Check out Mickelson’s career U.S. Open record in the second list below. His birthday (June 16) often falls around Father’s Day weekend – the same weekend of the U.S. Open – and the age column reflects when he turned in the middle of the tournament.

Mickelson has three green jackets – he won the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010. The 2004 Masters was Phil’s first major win – 13 years after his first win on tour (1991 Northern Telecom Open).

Through the late 1990s and early 2000s Mickelson was being called the “the best player to never win a major” – remember that?! – taking the crown from Colin Montgomerie (who has since reclaimed the title).

Mickelson’s other major win was the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

Now who wouldn’t love to see Phil win a U.S. Open?

PHIL MICKELSON’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD

YEAR AGE FINISH TO PAR OPEN WINNER VENUE
1991 21 T73 +8 Ian Baker-Finch Royal Birkdale Golf Club
1992 22 DNP DNP Nick Faldo Muirfield
1993 23 DNP DNP Greg Norman Royal St George’s Golf Club
1994 24 CUT +12 Nick Price Turnberry
1995 25 T40 +3 John Daly St Andrews
1996 26 T40 E Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
1997 27 T24 E Justin Leonard Royal Troon Golf Club
1998 28 79 +28 Mark O’Meara Royal Birkdale Golf Club
1999 29 CUT +13 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie Golf Links
2000 30 T11 -7 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2001 31 T30 +1 David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2002 32 T66 +6 Ernie Els Muirfield
2003 33 T59 +13 Ben Curtis Royal St George’s Golf Club
2004 34 3 -9 Todd Hamilton Royal Troon Golf Club
2005 35 T60 +1 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2006 36 T22 -5 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool Golf Club
2007 37 CUT +6 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie Golf Links
2008 38 T19 +14 Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale Golf Club
2009 39 DNP DNP Stewart Cink Turnberry
2010 40 T48 +1 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews
2011 41 T2 -2 Darren Clarke Royal St George’s Golf Club
2012 42 CUT +11 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2013 43 1 -3 Phil Mickelson Muirfield

PHIL MICKELSON’S U.S. OPEN RECORD

YEAR AGE FINISH TO PAR U.S. OPEN WINNER VENUE
1990 19/20 T29 E Hale Irwin Medinah Country Club, Course No. 3
1991 20/21 T55 +12 Payne Stewart Hazeltine National Golf Club
1992 22 CUT +5 Tom Kite Pebble Beach Golf Links
1993 23 DNP DNP Lee Janzen Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course
1994 23/24 T47 +13 Ernie Els Oakmont Country Club
1995 24/25 T4 +4 Corey Pavin Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
1996 25/26 T94 +16 Steve Jones Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course
1997 26 T43 +10 Ernie Els Congressional Country Club, Blue Course
1998 28 T10 +8 Lee Janzen Olympic Club, Lake Course
1999 29 2 E Payne Stewart Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2
2000 29/30 T16 +9 Tiger Woods Pebble Beach Golf Links
2001 30/31 T7 +2 Retief Goosen Southern Hills Country Club
2002 31/32 2 E Tiger Woods Bethpage State Park, Black Course
2003 32 T55 +9 Jim Furyk Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course
2004 34 2 -2 Retief Goosen Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
2005 35 T33 +12 Michael Campbell Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2
2006 35/36 T2 +6 Geoff Ogilvy Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course
2007 36/37 CUT +11 Angel Cabrera Oakmont Country Club
2008 37 T18 +6 Tiger Woods Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course
2009 39 T2 -2 Lucas Glover Bethpage State Park, Black Course
2010 40 T4 +3 Graeme McDowell Pebble Beach Golf Links
2011 41 T54 +7 Rory McIlroy Congressional Country Club, Blue Course
2012 41/42 T65 +16 Webb Simpson Olympic Club, Lake Course
2013 42/43 T2 +3 Justin Rose Merion Golf Club, East Course

Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images via guardian.co.uk

PGA: Tiger Woods’ Career Open Championship Record and Results

Tiger Woods at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield

Tiger Woods at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield

Slowly but surely Tiger Woods has been (subtly) clawing his way back into form. The bar is so high for Tiger, even after the scandal, that his actually solid recent majors play has not taken hold in the mainstream.

At the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, Woods is only three off the lead after the first round. He finished third (-3) last year at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

He’s also finished 4th at the Masters three of the last four years. He was 2nd at the 2009 PGA Championship just before going off the rails and 4th at the 2010 U.S. Open just after.

And in case you didn’t know, Woods is once again the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

For most other golfers, this would be pretty impressive, but nothing short of another major win (multiple wins even) will satisfy the masses (and Woods himself).

Time is running out, though, for Tiger. He’s 37, and not too many golfers won many majors after that age.

UPDATED July 21, 2013: Tiger Woods finished the 2013 Open Championship tied for sixth at +2. Original post above from July 18, 2013.

YEAR AGE FINISH TO PAR OPEN WINNER VENUE
1995 19 T68 +7 John Daly St Andrews
1996 20 T22 -3 Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
1997 21 T24 E Justin Leonard Royal Troon Golf Club
1998 22 3 +1 Mark O’Meara Royal Birkdale Golf Club
1999 23 T7 +10 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie Golf Links
2000 24 1 -19 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2001 25 T25 -1 David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2002 26 T28 E Ernie Els Muirfield
2003 27 T4 +1 Ben Curtis Royal St George’s Golf Club
2004 28 T9 -3 Todd Hamilton Royal Troon Golf Club
2005 29 1 -14 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2006 30 1 -18 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool Golf Club
2007 31 T12 -2 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie Golf Links
2008 32 DNP DNP Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale Golf Club
2009 33 CUT +5 Stewart Cink Turnberry
2010 34 T23 -3 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews
2011 35 DNP DNP Darren Clarke Royal St George’s Golf Club
2012 36 T3 -3 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2013 37 T6 +2 Phil Mickelson Muirfield

Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images via bleacherreport.com

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