Westwood failed to hold the two-stroke lead he enjoyed starting the final round of the British Open on Sunday and extended his losing streak to 0-62 for majors.
Tiger Woods has won 14 majors in his illustrious career, but has not won any since the 2009 U.S. Open. He was behind by two shots to start the fourth and final round, but he too faded and finished five shots off the pace.
American Phil Mickelson seized upon the mishaps of his fellow golfers to come from four shots behind to win by three shots and finish as the only player under par for the tournament.
The win was the fifth major title for Mickelson and now he will enter next month’s fourth and final major of the season, the PGA Championship, as the favorite. He also moved to No. 2 in the world golf rankings behind just Woods.
Woods will now hear more and more about whether he can break the all-time majors record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus. That topic has many sportswriters and fans wondering since he has failed to win one for over four years, whether he will reach Nicklaus or even win another major.
For Westwood, the pressure is mounting even more back home, as he is one of England’s best golfers of all time and considered one of the top three today in the country. However, many are wondering if he will win just one major, as he is not getting any younger.
For now, the glory goes to Mickelson who was joined by his wife at the trophy ceremony.