The win, his first Open Championship title, moves Mickelson to number two in the Official World Golf Rankings and marks his 43rd professional career victory.
Phil said of his win, "This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively, it feels amazing to win the Claret Jug."
Phil started the final round tied for ninth and five shots behind leader Lee Westwood. He went on to birdie four of the last six holes to shoot a five--under 66 for the final round finishing the tournament three-under. He was the only player in the field to finish under par for the tournament – beating runner up Henrik Stenson of Sweden by three strokes.
The final round of 66 was the lowest number Phil has ever posted during a final round at a major. Phil’s long-time caddie Jim ‘Bones’ MacKay said it was the best round he had ever seen Phil play.
Past winners at Muirfield include Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon and now Phil Mickelson.
It’s been an amazing two weeks for Phil in Scotland as he won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in a sudden-death playoff against South African Branden Grace at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness last week.
On the PGA TOUR in the US, Phil earned 600 FedExCup points with this victory which moves him to second place in the standings. The first tournament in the FedExCup Playoffs is The Barclays beginning on Thursday, 22 August at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.