Henrik Stenson's battle with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon in 2016 was reminiscent of 'The Duel in the Sun' and will go down as one of the greatest Open's of all time.
Almost 40 years after the “Duel in the Sun” between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry nearby Royal Troon witnessed another memorable tussle in 2016, Stenson and Phil Mickelson separating themselves from the rest of the field before the Swede closed with an amazing 63 – joint lowest round in Major history at the time - to win by three.
Third-placed JB Holmes was 11 strokes further back! At 20 under par Stenson broke new ground for The Open and his 264 aggregate set another record for all four Majors. Three years earlier he was runner-up to Mickelson at Muirfield during a season when he earned the $10million FedEx Cup bonus in America and was also the European Tour’s No 1, an honour he regained in 2016.
In 2014 he reached a career-high second in the world and returned to Ryder Cup action following a six-year absence, winning all his three games alongside Justin Rose at Gleneagles. It was Rose, though, who pipped him for the Gold Medal on golf’s return to the Olympics a month after his Open triumph. Previous victories include the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play, the 2008 World Cup with Robert Karlsson and The Players in 2009.