Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Swede Smell of Success Realises Stenson Dream; Golf

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Swede Smell of Success Realises Stenson Dream; Golf

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OPEN champion Henrik Stenson fulfilled a boyhood dream in lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon.

Ever since the Swede started playing as an 11-year-old it was footage of The Open and also the Ryder Cup which inspired him in his goal to become a professional golfer.

A final-round of 63, outscoring rival Phil Mickelson by two as the pair played some brilliant golf, saw the 40-year-old become only the second player ever to finish a major on 20 under par, equalling the record set by Jason Day in last year's US PGA Championship, beating the Open record of 19 under set by Tiger Woods in 2000.

He became only the second man to shoot 63 in the final round of a major, matching the feat of eventual winner Johnny Miller at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.

And his 72-hole total of 264 also beat the best in any major set by David Toms in the 2001 US PGA and was three lower than the previous Open record set by Greg Norman at Sandwich in 1993. …

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