Phil Mickelson Wins 2013 British Open

Phil Mickelson Wins 2013 British OpenAfter one of the wildest British Open tournaments in years, it was American Phil Mickelson who held off Lee Westwood with a score of three-under par to win the 2013 championship and the world-renowned Claret Jug.

‘3 different majors’

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

Phil Mickelson (age 43) is the oldest player to win a major since Ben Crenshaw at the 1995 Masters (also 43).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2013

Westwood finished tied for third at one-over par, and Tiger Woods finished tied for sixth at two-over par. Still, Woods stays atop Mickelson in the world rankings, according to Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel.

Mickelson had the perfect Sunday, tying the tournament’s best single-round score by tallying a five-under 66 for his fourth and final round, cementing his place as one of the greatest of all time with his first career win at the Open Championship. After making his final shot on the 18th hole, the veteran embraced his family, per Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella.


‘Back-to-back’

The American star also became the first golfer to ever win the Scottish Open and British Open back-to-back, per Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel.  Mickelson scored a 69, 74 and 72 over his first three rounds, respectively, to put himself in a position to succeed, and the final-round 66 sealed his victory at the British Open after an exciting tournament.

The next major on the schedule for the 2013 British Open champion will be the PGA Championship from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. on August 8.

Did you expect Phil Mickelson to win the 2013 British Open? And what about Tiger Woods?

Source: Donald Wood | Bleacher Report

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Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia Feud Turns Racist

Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia Feud Turns RacistThe feud between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods was taken to another level on Tuesday night. According to The Guardian‘s Ewan Murray, Garcia was at the European Tour’s gala players’ awards dinner where he was asked a question about Woods. His answer could be construed as a racist remark:

‘Fried chicken’

Garcia was asked in jest if he would have the American round for dinner one night during the upcoming US Open. “We will have him round every night,” García said. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Later on, the Spaniard apologized, saying that his comment was a “silly remark” and not meant to come off in a “racist manner.” On Wednesday, Woods took to Twitter to respond to Garcia’s comments:

“The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate…

I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.

The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”


‘Unfortunate choice of words’

Garcia then formally apologized to Tiger during a press conference on Wednesday morning. No matter what Garcia meant with his comments, this will likely serve as yet another landmark in the ongoing spat between the two golfers. Garcia’s unfortunate choice of words also brought to mind Fuzzy Zoeller’s offensive remarks after Woods won his first major back in 1997 at Augusta.

Zoeller was quoted as saying of Woods’ win, “You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”

The winner of the Masters traditionally chooses the champions’ dinner menu for the following year’s tournament.  Zoeller later apologized.

Are you for Team Tiger or Team Garcia? And what do you think of Sergio Garcia’s remark — racist or not?

Source: Tim Keeney, Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN