Phil Mickelson worked his way into contention midway through the back nine with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13-14. Mickelson had toured the front in 2 under; his lone bogey today came at No. 10.
It evolved into a storybook ending with his name being carved in the famed Claret Jug, replete with a birdie at the 18th. Mickelson claimed a three-shot lead with a fantastic, risky approach shot and 12-footer for birdie. On the heels of another birdie at the 17th, it was his second set of back-to-back birdies during his last six holes.
Mickelson contended at the U.S. Open at Merion, finishing second to Justin Rose after losing the lead.
A birdie at No. 11 had given Adam Scott the outright lead early during the back nine Sunday at the Open Championship.
Starting the day at even par and three back of third-round leader Lee Westwood, reigning Masters champion Scott started slowly with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 4 – then rolled off three straight birdies to close out the front nine at 1 under.
A par at No. 10 followed by a birdie at No. 11 propelled Scott into the lead as Westwood toured the front in two over, with a bogey and three birdies. Scott, however, made four straight bogeys midway through his back nine and finished with 72, 1 over for the tournament and T-3 as he headed to the clubhouse.