2013 British Open Golf Championship
The 142nd renewal of the Open Championship was held at Muirfield Golf Links in East Lothian, Scotland from 18th to the 21st July 2013. The tournament was won by Phil Mickelson as the American claimed his fifth major title by finishing three shots clear of Henrik Stenson.
Zach Johnson got to grips with the links at Muirfield with a stunning opening round as he scored 66 to go five under and take the first round lead. Rafa Cabrera-Bello and 1998 Open winner Mark O'Meara were just a short further back, while the ever popular Tom Lehman, who won the Open in 1996, was three under par. It was a good day for the veterans in the field as Miguel Angel Jimenez was also in contention at three under, although things proved tricky for the young starts of the game, with Rory McIlroy blowing his chances with a woeful round of 79.
Only nine players were under par at the half-way stage and it was Miguel Angel Jimenez who had moved to the top of the leaderboard by going three under. A stellar list of names were chasing the Spaniard though as Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods were all just a shot behind.
It was Westwood who made his move on 'moving day' at Muirfield as he shot a 70 to take the 54-hole lead at three under. Tiger Woods was prowling ominously as he was two shots behind Westwood in a tie for second with Hunter Mahan, while Phil Mickelson's round of 72 at least kept him in contention, albeit he was two shots over par.
The final day would be all about whether Westwood could hold his nerve and win a first ever major but a bogey at the eigith saw him go two under for the Championship and three more bogeys left him at one over. Mickelson may have started the day five shots back but be birdied the final two holes on the Sunday to secure a memorable victory, his fifth major success, which came just a week after he had won the Scottish Open.