Henrik Stenson Epic Performance at the British Open Golf Championship
How epic was Henrik Stenson’s performance at the 2016 British Open Golf Championship? The 40 year old Swede put on a show at Royal Troon and earned him his first Major. Before the 2016 British Open, Stenson had played in 31 Major tournaments and finished in the Top-5 seven times. He is no stranger to winning with 13 wins around the world, including the 2013 FedEx Cup.
Looking back, it’s no surprise he dominated given his track record, Swedish background, and incredible ball striking… but no one expected a win to this magnitude. His 63 on Sunday vaulted him 3 strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson and finished at 20-under 264.
- His 20-under total eclipsed Tiger Woods’ 19-under-par record total in winning The Open at St Andrews in 2000.
- It also equals Jason Day’s record in a major, which was set at the 2015 US PGA Championship.
- The world number six’s 63 beats two-time Open champion Greg Norman’s 64 at Royal St George’s in 1993 as the lowest final round by a champion.
- His aggregate score of 264 beat the Australian’s four-round total of 267, set in 1993.
- His 63 equals the lowest ever to win a major, emulating Johnny Miller’s score to win the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.
- Stenson becomes the fourth man over 40 to win the Claret Jug in the last six years following Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke (at Sandwich, 2011), Ernie Els (at Lytham, 2012) and Mickelson (at Muirfield, 2013).
- Stenson smashed through the 13-under score which was the lowest score in the previous 8 Open Championship held at Royal Troon.
- He is the first male Swedish major champion
Raise a glass to Henrik Stenson on his victory and performance at the 2016 British Open Championship.
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