With this win - Phil Mickelson

7/21/2013 5:53:00 PM
Phil Mickelson   (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson (Getty Images)

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2013 – THE 142ND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

• His ninth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 123rd European Tour event.

• Moves to second in the Official World Golf Ranking from fifth.

• His fifth Major Championship victory in his 84th Major Championship appearance.

• His first Open Championship victory in his 20th appearance. This matches the record of Darren Clarke for the most appearances before winning the event for the first time.

• This victory beats his previous best Open Championship finish of tied second in 2011.

• This victory is his third top ten finish from his 20 appearances in The Open Championship.

• Has now a total of 35 career top ten finishes from his 84 Major Championship appearances.

• Has now won three of the four Major Championships. He won the Masters Tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2010, the US PGA Championship in 2005 and The Open Championship in 2013.

• Wins for the second consecutive week, following the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

• Becomes only the second player to win the week before The Open Championship and go onto win The Open Championship. The first player was Lee Trevino in 1971. He won the Canadian Open then went onto win The Open the week after.

• Is the second time he has won the week before a Major Championship then win a Major Championship the following week. He did this in 2006 at the BellSouth Classic and then won the Masters Tournament.

• He is the first player to achieve the feat of wining the week before a Major Championship then win a Major a week later, on two occasions. It is the tenth time overall this feat has been achieved in Major Championship history.

Becomes the 14th player to win a minimum of three of the four Majors.

Moves into a tie for 14th in the all-time list of most Major Championship victories.

OTHER FACTS

• Is the second left-hander to win The Open Championship, following Bob Charles in 1963.

• Playing in his second Open Championship at Muirfield. Was tied 66th in 2002.

• Follows Walter Hagen (1929), Jack Nicklaus (1966), Lee Trevino (1972) and Tom Watson (1980), as American winners of The Open Championship at Muirfield.

• His final round of 66 matched the lowest round of the Championship.

• Began the day five shots behind. This matched the largest final round comeback of the 2013 European Tour season, equalling that of Louis Oosthuizen at the Volvo Golf Champions.

• Is the first American to win The Open Championship since Stewart Cink in 2009.

• Is the first American to win a Major Championship since Webb Simpson at the 2012 US Open Championship.

• Is the 40th American victory in Open Championship history.

• Is the 25th different American to win The Open Championship.

• The third consecutive player in their 40s to win The Open Championship, following Darren Clarke (42 in 2011) and Ernie Els (42 in 2012). Mickelson was 43 on June 16th.

• With Mickelson’s victory it is the first time in Open Championship history that three consecutive Opens’ have been won by players aged 40 and over; Darren Clarke (42 in 2011), Ernie Els (42 in 2012) and Phil Mickelson (43 in 2013).

• Is the oldest Open Championship winner since Roberto de Vicenzo, who was 44 years and 92 days in 1967. Mickelson is 43 years and 35 days.

• Aged 43 years and 35 days Phil Mickelson is the oldest winner of a Major Championship since Ben Crenshaw, who was 43 years and 88 days, when he won the 1995 Masters Tournament.

• Is the fifth oldest winner of the Open Championship, following  Tom Morris Snr (46 – 1867) Roberto de Vicenzo (44 in 1967), Harry Vardon (44 in 1914), Tom Morris Snr (43 in 1864) and Phil Mickelson (43 in 2013).

• Mickelson is the 12th different golfer in Open Championship history to win the Championship aged over 40.

• .Is his second consecutive European Tour victory of 2013, following the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Is the first time he has recorded back-to-back European Tour victories.

Is the second time he has won multiple events in a European Tour season. The first was in the 2009 season.

• Aged 43 years and 35 days is the oldest player in European Tour history to win consecutive European Tour events.

Is the second player this season to win back-to-back events, following Brett Rumford (Ballantine's Championship and Volvo China Open).

• Becomes the 32nd player in European Tour history in win consecutive European Tour events and the fourth American to achieve the feat, following Charles Coody, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods.

• Becomes the third player in the 2013 European Tour season to record multiple victories, following Brett Rumford (Ballantine’s Championship and Volvo China Open) and Graeme McDowell (Volvo World Match Play Championship and Alstom Open de France).

• The 20th victory in European Tour history by a left-hander.

• The 131st American victory on The European Tour.

• The fifth American victory of the 2013 season. They are: Matt Kuchar (WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship), Tiger Woods (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Peter Uihlein (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI) and Phil Mickelson (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and The 142nd Open Championship).

• At aged 43 years and 35 days is the second 43 year old to win on the 2013 European Tour International Schedule, following Ernie Els, at the BMW International Open. He was 43 years and 249 days.

• Gains a place in the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf and an exemption into The Open Championship until the age of 60.

• His 49th professional victory worldwide.