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THE OPEN/ July 2016, Troon, Scotland
Stenson becomes the first Swede to lift the Claret Jug

History was made at the 145th Open at Royal Troon as Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot 63 for a total of 20-under-par, the lowest 72 score total in Open history. The Swede started the final day one shot ahead of American Phil Mickelson who equaled Greg Norman's 17-under, set in 1993 at Royal St. Georges, but it was not good enough as Stenson carded an 8-under-par studded with ten birdies to claim a three shot victory over Mickelson. He is now the first Swede to ever lift the Claret Jug. Needless to say, Stenson felt intense pride at becoming the first Swede to claim the “Champion Golfer of the Year” title. “I feel very privileged to be the one to hold this trophy”, he said post his win. One of the most popular and humorous players on tour, Stenson never wastes the chance for a joke. Asked to place his win in the context of other life experiences, he compared it to passing his driving test. “Given that I failed my driving test probably as many times as I was second or third at Major Championships, that one has to be higher than this”, he joked. On a more serious note, he added “No. I think the birth of my three children and then winning The Open”, upon which he god a nod from his wife Emma.

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