How it happened: Phil Mickelson rallies to win first Open title

Phil Mickelson reacts to a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.

Phil Mickelson had four back-nine birdies en route to likely winning his first Open Championship on Sunday, firing a 5-under 66 at Muirfield.

"I'm playing the best golf of my career," said Mickelson.

The likely win comes a month after Mickelson failed to hold his 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open at Merion, picking up his sixth career runner-up finish at America's championship.

"I have quite a bit different feelings and emotions than a month ago," said Mickelson.

Mickelson had a T-2 finish in 2011 at the Open Championship.

"Didn't know if I'd develop the game to win this championship growing up," said Mickelson.

See how it all happened:

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Update #18, 12:51 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods finishes his round with a par on a two-putt to fire a 3-over 74, while Adam Scott buries a long birdie to card a 1-over 72. Woods will finish T-6, while Scott is T-3.

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Update #17, 12:35 p.m. EDT

A pair of pars for Tiger Woods and Adam Scott on the par-5 17th, leaving them both at 2 over for the tournament.

Lee Westwood drops to 4 over on the day with a bogey on No. 16.

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Update #16, 12:23 p.m. EDT

At this point, Lee Westwood is likely the last person with a chance to tie Phil Mickelson, although he'll need to end with three consecutive birdies after missing an 18-footer at No. 15.

Adam Scott picks up his fourth consecutive bogey at the par-3 16th to fall back to 2 over, while Tiger Woods pars to stay at 2 over.

Henrik Stenson birdies No. 17 to get to even par, currently T-2.

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Phil Mickelson update, No. 18

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Mickelson slides his tee ball down the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: An unbelievable second shot barely avoids greenside bunker and settles 12 above the hole.

On the green: Phil Mickelson likely puts away his first Open title with a huge birdie putt that moves him to 3 under for the tournament after a 5-under 66.

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Adam Scott-Tiger Woods, No. 15

Off the tee: Tiger and Scott find the middle of the fairway with irons, with Scott going a bit further.

Approach shots: Tiger's second ball settles short of the green, about 30 feet to the hole. Scott goes a bit further and will have 18 feet from under the hole.

On the green: Tiger's birdie putt doesn't break nearly as much as he thought and he'll have 6 feet to save par. Scott comes up 3 feet short. Tiger misses the comebacker and is now four back of Mickelson. Scott misses too and is back to 1 over for the tournament.

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Phil Mickelson update, No. 17

Phil Mickelson gets to the green in two, leaving himself 40 feet for eagle. He leaves the eagle putt short and picks up a tap-in birdie and now holds a two-shot lead heading to the 18th hole.

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Adam Scott-Tiger Woods, No. 14

Off the tee: Both players with iron and both players find the fairway, with Scott on the left and Tiger on the right.

Approach shots: An incredible shot from Tiger, as he nearly holes out for eagle from 220 yards, coming to rest 9 inches from the cup. Scott's approach goes right and off the green.

Around the green: A poor third shot leaves Scott with about 15 feet to save par.

On the green: Tiger taps in for birdie and is two off the lead. Scott misses the par putt and drops his second shot in as many holes. Back to even, and Phil Mickelson now leads the Open Championship.

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Lee Westwood-Hunter Mahan, No. 13

Lee Westwood goes well right of the green, pitches to about 12 feet above the hole and he misses the putt, moving back to even par and one shot back of Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott. Hunter Mahan two-putts for par and is 2 over for the tournament.

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Phil Mickelson update, No. 16

Phil Mickelson got a bad break on No. 16, the ball rolling back off the green, but he puts his chip to within 7 feet and he drains the putt to stay at 1 under, tied for the lead.

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Adam Scott-Tiger Woods, No. 13

Off the tee: From 189 yards, Tiger gets a nice kick from the left and he'll have 20 feet for another birdie, from behind the hole. Scott pushes his ball well to the right of the green and will have a tough up-and-down.

Read all about Scott's big move on Sunday (along with Mickelson) here.

Around the green: An all-world chip shot here from Scott, who gets it to 6 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger comes up an inch short of another birdie, picking up par and stay at 2 over. Scott misses his par putt and it's a three-way tie for the lead with Westwood and Mickelson.

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Lee Westwood-Hunter Mahan, No. 12

Lee Westwood misses a 15-footer for birdie after a nice approach, picking up par and staying at 1 under. Holding steady after a rough patch.

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Lee Westwood-Hunter Mahan, No. 11

Westwood has some meat left on the bone to save par, but he does it again to stay at 1 under and is one back of Scott.

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Adam Scott-Tiger Woods, No. 12

Adam Scott splits the 12th fairway with iron, as does Woods. Scott now has a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Scott two-putts for a par to stay at 2 under, missing a 25-footer short for birdie. Tiger drains his 20-footer for birdie and moves back to 2 over, four off the lead.

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Lee Westwood-Hunter Mahan, No. 10

Westwood misses a 12-footer for birdie on No. 10 and stays at 1 under. Mahan has troubles and suffers a bogey to fall three off the lead.

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Phil Mickelson, No. 14

On the par-4 14th, Mickelson makes an 18-footer that pushes him to 3 under on the day and 1 under for the tournament.

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No. 11, Par 4, 387 yards

This leaderboard is incredibly impressive, with Lee Westwood and Adam Scott tied for the lead; Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan one back; Ian Poulter in the clubhouse at 1 over; and Tiger Woods three back. Tiger needs a birdie run and a bit of help.

Off the tee: Tiger goes left off the tee and into the long stuff.

Approach shot: Tiger's second shot goes over the green and finds a bunker. Needs an up-and-down or his hopes are likely dashed.

Around the green: Tiger can't go at the hole, so takes it out right and he'll have 30 feet to save par.

On the green: Tiger misses his par putt and drops yet another shot. Meanwhile, Adam Scott birdies from 4 feet to take the outright lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (3 over for tournament)

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No. 10, Par 4, 469 yards

That was a huge birdie for Tiger, who has gone from five back to two back in a hole. There is now a three-way tie for the lead with Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson all at 1 under.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the left rough off the tee, finding a bad lie as well.

Approach shot: He has to hit this one hard and it goes right and just into the rough. Will be a very tough up-and-down.

Third shot: A nice chop here, just getting it over a bunker and settling about 20 feet under the hole. Another must-make.

On the green: Tiger gives that birdie right back with a bogey here. Scott with a two-putt par to stay at 1 under and tied for the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (2 over for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan update: Lee Westwood is 0-for-7 on fairways hit today, hits his second shot into a bunker, but is able to recover to save par and stay at 1 under, tied for the lead. Hunter Mahan hits an incredible second shot to 2 feet and he taps in for eagle to get to even.

Elsewhere on the course: Ian Poulter two-putts for par on No. 18 and gets into the clubhouse at 1 over. Poulter fires the second 4-under 67 on the day. Phil Mickelson birdies the par-3 13th to get back to even for the tournament, one off the lead.

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No. 9, Par 5, 554 yards

Lee Westwood's lead is only one over Henrik Stenson, and now four over Tiger Woods. But Woods will walk to the tee at No. 9 knowing it should have been three after that birdie miss at No. 8. Meanwhile, Adam Scott is now solo third heading to the easiest hole on the course, only two back of the lead.

Off the tee: Middle of the fairway here for Tiger, so it'll be go-time.

Second shot: Tiger takes a rip and gets it to the green and off the back. Needs an up-and-down here.

Around the green: Tiger's chip is a pretty poor one, never starting it high enough and leaves himself 8 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt and picks up his first birdie of the day, and he is within two shots. Scott birdies the hole on a two-putt to move into a tie for the lead at 1 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 over for tournament)

Westwood update: Lee Westwood finds the left rough and then comes up short and in a bunker with his second, having to hammer it out to get short of the green and then two-putts for a second consecutive bogey to fall back to 1 under and in a three-way tie for the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson misses a 6-footer at No. 10 for a chance to tie the lead, staying at 1 under. On 17, Ian Poulter misses a 20-footer for birdie at stays at 1 over.

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No. 8, Par 4, 441 yards

At this point, Tiger needs some birdies, as pars will not do it any longer, not down by five with 11 holes to play.

Off the tee: Finally, splits a fairway here and he'll be able to get after the green.

Approach shot: Fantastic second shot here, putting it 8 feet right of the hole. Best birdie chance of the day.

On the green: Tiger hits the right edge and settles for par. Big miss there. Scott makes a birdie bomb to move to even for the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (2 over for tournament)

Westwood update: After his tee ball finds the bunker on No. 7, he takes two shots to get out of the sand, but then makes a 12-footer to save bogey and move back to 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson finds a greenside bunker on No. 10 and fails to get up-and-down and drops his first shot of the day, moving back to 1 over.

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No. 7, Par 3, 184 yards

Lee Westwood now holds a three-shot lead over Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson and is the only player in red figures. Tiger is now five back and doesn't have many "birdie holes" remaining.

Off the tee: Tiger comes up 40 feet short again, holding the green but is either misjudging the wind or under-clubbing at this point.

On the green: Tiger hits a nice birdie putt and it comes up just short, tapping in for a par. Still five back. Scott makes a birdie to get back to 1 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (2 over for tournament)

Westwood update: Lee Westwood hits a solid tee ball at No. 6, comes up short of the green with his second, but his putt nearly drops and he makes a 2-footer for par to stay at 3 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson flirts with an eagle from just off the green at No. 9, but taps in for birdie to get to even on the tournament.

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No. 6, Par 4, 461 yards

Tiger's body language is definitely different today, looking like he is pressing to make something happen early. It's not working thus far.

Off the tee: With the wind blowing left to right, Tiger tries to hit fairway metal, but misses another fairway. This has not been the formula the first three days.

Approach shot: Tiger finds the fairway bunker, so has to come out sideways. His third shot is pin-high and 25 feet to the left. A must-make at this point.

On the green: Tiger's par-saving attempt comes up short and that's three bogeys in six holes. It's going to take something special at this point.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (2 over for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan: Lee Westwood gets one back here, hitting a great third shot to about 10 feet and he drains the putt for birdie and is back at 3 under. Mahan two-putts for a par.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson has seven pars and a birdie to sit at 1 over for the tournament, currently tied with Tiger, Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan. Ian Poulter picks up a big par at No. 15 to remain at even for the tournament.

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No. 5, Par 5, 559 yards

The leaderboard is a bit crazy with all of the bogeys on the course right now, but Tiger remains three back of Westwood despite two bogeys. There are only two players under par for the tournament (Westwood, Henrik Stenson).

Off the tee: Into the wind, Tiger takes driver and finds the left, long rough. Seems like his pace is a bit rushed currently.

Second shot: Tiger simply has to chop it out and it runs about 100 yards down the fairway. All he could do in the long stuff.

Third shot: From 184 yards, Tiger finds the green, but is again 50 feet from the hole. He's frustrated, yelling at himself in the fairway.

On the green: Tiger hits a nice lag putt for birdie, getting it to 4 feet. He makes it to stay there back. Adam Scott misses a 5-footer for birdie and pars to stay at 2 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 over for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan: Westwood hits a nice tee ball at the par-3 4th hole and two-putts for par to stay at 2 under. Mahan hits a poor tee ball and settles for a bogey and is now 1 over.

Elsewhere on the course: Ian Poulter's birdie binge comes to an end on 13, as he misses a 12-footer and settles for par, remaining at even for the tournament.

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No. 4, Par 3, 226 yards

That was a very big par save for Tiger, as he couldn't afford another dropped shot.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the green, but will have about 100 feet for a birdie.

On the green: Tiger leaves himself about 15 feet for par after a tough birdie attempt. He misses and three-putts for a second time today, falling three shots off the pace again.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 over for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan: Westwood finds the deep rough off the third tee and then yanks his second shot into the gallery. He gets a good, trampled-down lie and pitches to about 8 feet behind the hole. He hits the right side of the cup on the par putt, but it travels 3 feet by. He makes that to drop back to 2 under. Mahan two-putts for par.

Elsewhere on the course: Ian Poulter is simply en fuego right now, picking up another birdie at the par-4 12th to move to 5 under over his last four holes and is now even for the tournament.

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No. 3: Par 4, 377 yards

Tiger has been tentative on his first two putts of the day. He'll need to get the speed figured out quickly, as he can't get further behind.

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Tiger pushes the ball into the right rough. A stiff wind into the tee box at No. 3. Scott hits the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger has a solid lie in the rough and is able to get it to the green, but comes to rest just off the left of it, about 70 feet away. Scott's second shot is 18 feet left of the hole.

Around the green: Tiger will be in danger of another bogey after leaving his birdie attempt 8 feet short.

On the green: But he drains it for another big par save. Scott two-putts for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan: Mahan finds a bunker off the second tee, has to punch out and two-putts after getting to the green for a bogey and falls back to even. Westwood finds the rough, but hits another good second shot and two-putts for a par.

Elsewhere on the course: Watch out for Ian Poulter, who birdies the par-4 11th with a 20-footer and is now 1 over for the championship. He is 4 under over his last three holes.

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No. 2: Par 4, 364 yards

Well, that wasn't how Tiger wanted to start his round, a three-putt from a 100 feet for bogey. Needs to take advantage of short par 4 here. Tiger also bogeyed No. 1 when he shot 69 on Thursday.

Off the tee: Tiger smashes an iron that runs well past Scott's tee ball. Both in the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger's second shot is solid, about 20 feet past the hole. Scott get his to 8 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger finds the right line, but doesn't hit it hard enough and an easy par. Scott misses left and also pars.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even for tournament)

Westwood-Mahan: Westwood runs into right rough, but hits a great second shot to about 20 feet. He misses the putt left of the hole and settles for par and stays at 3 under. Mahan puts his second ball within 8 feet and misses the putt, settling for par as well.

Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson puts his approach at No. 3 to about 8 feet and he makes the putt to move into red figures at 1 under, tied with Hunter Mahan two back. Ian Poulter eagles No. 9 and then makes a birdie from off the green on No. 10 to move to 2 over for the tournament.

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No. 1: Par 4, 447 yards

Tiger Woods and former caddie Stevie Williams shake hands, share a look and move on. Off we go!

Off the tee: No surprise here, as Tiger goes with iron with a 20-mph wind behind him and smashes it up the right side of the fairway. Scott goes left and into a bunker.

Approach shot: With the pin all the way in the back, Tiger has 184 yards in and just gets it onto the green. More than 90 feet left to the hole. Scott has to punch out of bunker and third shot goes off back of green.

On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie attempt about 5 feet short, leaving a delicate par putt. And he misses it to open with a bogey. Scott does the same.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson drains a long birdie putt ahead on No. 1 to move to even par for the tournament, three back of Lee Westwood.

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Update #13: 8:46 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson smashes a beautiful drive at his opening hole and gets his approach to about 20 feet, but misses his birdie attempt and stays at 2 over for the championship.

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Update #12: 8:42 a.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia starts his round with a bogey, going over the green with his approach, leaving his chip about 6 feet short of the cup and missing the putt to the left. He drops back to 4 over, while playing competitor Brandt Snedeker makes his 6-footer for par to stay at 3 over.

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Update #11: 8:28 a.m. EDT

2011 champ Darren Clarke ends his front nine with three consecutive birdies to make the turn at 2-under 34 and 4 over for the tournament.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello birdies the par-4 3rd to move to 3 over, six shots off the pace.

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Update #10: 8:15 a.m. EDT

After pummeling a long iron at the par-4 1st, Dustin Johnson can't take advantage and opens with a par. Johnson was done in by a 4-over 40 on his front nine on Saturday, but is still at 3 over and within six of the lead.

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Update #9: 8:07 a.m. EDT

Matthew Fitzpatrick fires his best round of the tournament -- a 1-over 72 -- and finishes at 10 over, easily taking low-amateur honors over Jimmy Mullen.

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A look at the final-round hole locations at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Update #8: 8:07 a.m. EDT

Sunday's final round at Muirfield features several hole locations tucked into corners of its crusty greens that are marbled in light, links brown. Check out a breakdown of what players are in for here.

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Update #7: 7:45 a.m. EDT

26 players have finished their rounds thus far, and nine of them broke par, including three 69s by Stewart Cink, Stephen Gallacher and Jonas Blixt.

Jason Dufner also carded a 4-under 67. Do these red numbers give the leaders some hope of taming Muirfield? Read about this morning's low scores here.

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Update #6: 7:45 a.m. EDT

Matthew Fitzpatrick hits a nice tee ball into the par-3 16th and makes a 15-footer for birdie to get back to 10 over for the tournament, leaving him five shots ahead of Jimmy Mullen in the race for low amateur.

Fitzpatrick will head to Northwestern in the fall.

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Update #5: 7:28 a.m. EDT

Bud Cauley, who has struggled mightily in his sophomore season on the PGA Tour, is 2 under through eight holes and has moved to 5 over for the tournament, currently T-19. This is only Cauley's third major start, finishing T-63 at the U.S. Open in 2011 and missing the cut in the 2012 PGA Championship.

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Update #4: 7:07 a.m. EDT

A weather update for Muirfield on Sunday: Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s and winds that could reach 25 mph between 4-6 p.m. local time.

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Update #3: 7 a.m. EDT

Fred Couples is enjoying his best round of the tournament, picking up four birdies against a single bogey through 13 holes to move to 6 over for the tournament. Couples has been candid that Muirfield is acting as a warm-up for his title defense at the Senior British next week.

Oliver Fisher, Bo Van Pelt and Jason Dufner have all carded rounds in the 60s today.

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Update #2: 6:40 a.m. EDT

In the race for low-amateur status, Matthew Fitzpatrick has a five-shot advantage. The Northwestern-bound youngster is 10 over for the tournament (1 over on his round thru 11), while Jimmy Mullen just finished at 15 over after a final-round 75.

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Update #1: 6:20 a.m. EDT

We are less than three hours for the final group heading out onto the course, and they should be encouraged by some red numbers being put up early at Muirfield.

Jason Dufner is leading the way, as he is 4 under through 17 holes, moving himself to 8 over for the tournament.

Others at least 3 under on their respective rounds: Jonas Blixt, Stewart Cink, Shane Lowry, Oliver Fisher, Bo Van Pelt, Mark Brown.

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Saturday's coverage

My Bag: Lee Westwood at the Open Championship

On the verge of winning his first major, Lee Westwood has a bag full of Ping gear.

Tiger Woods puts safe play at top of his Muirfield list

Long irons and lag putts. That has characterized Tiger Woods’ conservative 54 British Open holes, though he did finally hit a driver. Expect more of the same safety-first game plan Sunday.

One step closer: Westwood takes two-shot lead at Open

Englishman Lee Westwood takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Open Championship over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan. He is on the verge of getting a huge monkey off his back.

Hunter Mahan making strides to win his first major championship

Forget whatever Hunter Mahan may have learned from last month's U.S. Open, the top-20 player in the world is looking for his first major championship at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield. He wasn't ready to win a few years ago, but he is now.

Musings on Muirfield: Players' Day 3 quotes via Twitter

Graeme McDowell talks Peter Alliss, Ian Poulter loves the galleries and other players have more to say after the Open Championship's third round.

Matsuyama penalized for slow play at Muirfield

Hideki Matsuyama was penalized for slow play on Saturday and said he didn't truly understand why; his partner for the day felt for him as well. Matsuyama was docked on the 17th hole at Muirfield.

Martin Laird makes quintuple-bogey 9 on No. 3

Martin Laird made a birdie on the par-4 second, but it was the nine on No. 3 that really hurt.

The new Mercedes-Benz golf cart

During the 2013 Open Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented the ‘Vision Golf Cart’ and its revolutionary concept design.

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Friday's coverage

McIlroy, Rose, Fowler headline Open missed cuts

Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose headline those that missed the cut at the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on Friday.

Friday afternoon groups beat up by mighty Muirfield

Don't let the sunny skies in Scotland fool you, Friday afternoon's groups – or games as they are called at the Open – faced a brutal test named Muirfield, and the course won in a knockout.

Musings on Muirfield: Players' share Day 2 thoughts via Twitter

Dustin Johnson answers how "a regular 6 handicap" would score on Muirfield this week, Graeme McDowell takes aim at Steve Elkington and more after the second round of the British Open.

Graeme McDowell on Tiger Woods: 'He was impressive'

Our Jeff Rude witnessed Tiger Woods bunt his way around Muirfield on Friday, staying patient in firing a 71 and keeping himself in the thick of things to try to end his five-year drought in majors.

Break out the cigars: Jimenez takes the lead at Muirfield

The red wine-drinking, cigar-smoking, carefree Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 71 on Friday to stay near the top of the leaderboard, leading wandering minds to wonder if the Spaniard could become the oldest major winner in history.

Led by Jimenez, veterans hold their own at Muirfield

At 49, Miguel Angel Jimenez looks the part of the seasoned veteran at Muirfield. In honor of Jimenez leading the British Open at the 36-hole mark, here’s a look at a few other notable veterans – or notable things other veterans did – during the first two rounds.

Is it finally time for Westwood's major moment?

Instead of whining about or bemoaning the difficult conditions at Muirfield, Lee Westwood instead took the course head on and beat it for the most part in firing a 3-under 68 on Friday.

Spieth falters late after conquering Muirfield early

Jordan Spieth was in the hunt at the 142nd Open Championship, but the last four holes in Friday’s second round either showed why Muirfield is such a difficult test or why 19-year-olds don't win major championships.

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Thursday's coverage

Musings on Muirfield: Players take to Internet

Here's a sampling of players' posts – some of them rather brave – from the Open Championship, as well as a few from outside Scotland.

McCabe: Opening hole packs plenty of punch at Muirfield

It started with Lloyd Saltman's quadruple bogey, moved to the same result for Brooks Koepka and then continued to haunt the field at the Open Championship. Welcome to the first tee, where your opening hole at Muirfield can derail your round early.

Amid stress of Open, Mickelson makes a 9-year-old's day

Phil Mickelson had just birdied the 15th hole to move to 3 under, but still saw 9-year-old Ross Brown in the crowd with his cast on his arm. Mickelson stopped to give the stunned boy a ball and a few encouraging words.

Out of nowhere, O'Meara an Open factor again

When Mark O'Meara won his Open Championship in 1998, he was a definitive long shot. So, after his 4-under 67 on Thursday at Muirfield, O'Meara is opening eyes all over again.

Luiten's waiting game at British Open all for naught

Joost Luiten had the first alternate's spot at Muirfield and showed up ready to go. At the same time, rumors had swirled that Louis Oosthuizen was too injured to play.

Schwartzel breaks club at Open Championship

Charl Schwartzel will need a new 6-iron after breaking the club out of frustration Thursday at the Open Championship.

My Bag: Z. Johnson, Open Championship

Zach Johnson nearly won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. He remained on form Thursday during the first round of the Open Championship at Muirfield. Here is a list of the clubs the 2007 Masters champion has in his bag.

Oosthuizen, Hanson withdraw from Open Championship

Louis Oosthuizen managed to play eight holes Thursday at the Open Championship. But that will be all he plays the rest of the week at Muirfield. Peter Hanson also withdrew.

Mickelson, morning wave rip Muirfield conditions

After shooting 2-under 69 in the first round of the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson voiced his displeasure on the setup of Muirfield after his round to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. He wasn't the only one.

Jimenez shows off his pre-round practice routine

If you’re looking for a new stretching routine before you start your round, you’ve come to the right place. Here is Miguel Angel Jimenez going through his stretching routine.

Johnson forgets Deere heartache with early Open lead

It’s not as if Zach Johnson doesn’t know how to go forward from disappointment; he chalked up last week's playoff loss to golf being golf, then marched to the lead at the Open Championship.

Hamilton (remember him?) finds flash of that '04 form

In what would prove to be the pinnacle of his career, Todd Hamilton won the Open Championship in 2004 at Royal Troon, defeating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff. That was the last time Hamilton won a tournament, the last time he broke 70 in an Open Championship -- until Thursday.

Mickelson looks smart to start Open; McIlroy feels 'brain dead'

Rory McIlroy isn’t talking or playing like the World No. 2 to start the British Open; Phil Mickelson by comparison looks like he’s ready to win his first Claret Jug.

Bjorn breaks $80,000 camera lens at Muirfield

Thomas Bjorn hit a camera lens on the first hole at Muirfield after hitting out of the rough.

Vonn: 'I am definitely not getting married'

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been publicly dating for about four months now. As for marriage, though, that isn't in the cards, Vonn said in a recent Vogue article.

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Wednesday's coverage

Play before a major? Pros divided on answer

Tiger Woods is dead set against playing the week before a major, even if on those occasions when he did he won. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he didn't compete the week before.

Rude: Scott is ultra-prepared, hungry for more

Adam Scott knows that his Wednesday press conference could have had a much different feel if he hadn't won the Masters in April. But Scott is a different man than the one that blew a four-shot lead at the 2012 Open Championship: He's focused.

Still no clear reason why McIlroy is derailed

On a pleasant Wednesday on Scotland’s southeast coast, Rory McIlroy seemed light years removed from the comfort of his PGA Championship win. Smiles weren’t as plentiful, answers not as playful, body language not as carefree.

VIDEO: Dawson, Open officials break down changes at Muirfield

R&A chief Peter Dawson says that "as links courses go, (Muirfield is) a fair course. What you see is what you get." Dawson and Muirfield officials break down the changes to the course since we last saw it at an Open Championship.

R&A head Dawson talks Open, women, doping, more

The R&A, in its news conference before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, fielded questions regarding gender discrimination, drug testing and the Olympics.

R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

Looking back on Ballesteros' 1988 Open victory

It's been 25 years since Seve Ballesteros' final major victory, at the 1988 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Here's a look back at Seve's triumph.

VIDEO: Player talks about winning an Open Championship

Fresh off his nude appearance in ESPN's Body Issue, a fully-clothed Gary Players offers up insights on winning an Open Championship at Muirfield.

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The Toy Box Blog

Is Tiger switching drivers in Scotland?

The three-time Open Championship winner has been practicing with a new Nike VR_S Covert Tour at Muirfield.

TaylorMade's symbol-filled logo for 2013 Open Championship

Take a look at TaylorMade Golf's symbol-filled logo for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Ping debuts Rapture driving-iron prototype

On the eve of the 2013 Open Championship, Ping brings a prototype of its first driving iron to Muirfield.

Q&A with 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen

With the Open Championship fast approaching, our David Dusek sits down with the 2010 champion to discuss his equipment and approach to selecting gear.

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Tuesday's coverage

Rude: Tiger cautiously prepares for Open; will it be enough?

While Tiger Woods says his left elbow is healthy, playing only nine-hole practice rounds might indicate that the injury is still the back of his mind. But on a course that likely won't need driver, Woods is still a favorite due to his superior long-iron skills.

With elbow 'fine,' Tiger remains oddsmakers' favorite

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his 15th major championship and fourth Open Championship according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

Mickelson feeling confident about chances at Muirfield

Fresh off a dramatic victory at the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson enters this week's Open Championship on an incredible high about his chances playing links golf.

McDowell, Muirfield a match made in golf heaven

Graeme McDowell has won three titles in his last eight worldwide starts. He missed the other five cuts. He's also missed the cut after each of his victories. Muirfield might be the perfect solution to that problem for the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

Rose dreams of winning Open Championship 'more than any other'

2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose looks ahead to the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Snedeker's secret weapon at Open? He's 32

Brandt Snedeker is 32. That happens to be the same age as Adam Scott and Justin Rose were when they won the first two majors of the year. And Snedeker is a big believer in omens. Now the American just needs to go out and perform.

How Poulter prepares for an Open Championship

How does Ian Poulter prepare for the Open Championship? From getting his many outfits picked out ahead of time to his superstitions, Poulter's pre-tournament routine is quite interesting.

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Monday's coverage

Tiger reprimanded by marshal at Muirfield on practice day

Tiger Woods was ordered off the No. 10 tee at Muirfield on Monday by a marshal after the World No. 1 played the hole too early.

Mickelson hits backward shot at Muirfield

Phil Mickelson hit a backwards shot during a practice round Monday at Muirfield.

Rude: Good 'omen' for Fowler, Leishman, Bubba

Golfweek columnist Jeff Rude is a betting man, and believes in omens – especially when it comes to his history with the Open Championship. So, you are in luck Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman.

Open kicks off as Els returns Claret Jug

Ernie Els officially handed back the coveted Claret Jug on Monday at Muirfield, handing over the impressive piece of silver to R&A CEO Peter Dawson.

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Bulldog's Blog

Historic Muirfield buzzing early before Open

Our Alex Miceli gives you a bit of a history lesson on Muirfield, but quickly turns his attention to this year's Open Championship, as Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson all hit the course on Sunday.

A walk with ghosts at St. Andrews

In his fifth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli visits St. Andrews, the 'Home of Golf.'

Impressive day at Trump Scotland

In his fourth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli plays a round at Golfweek's top-ranked GB&I course, Trump Scotland. Let's just say it lived up to its hype.

Castle Stuart with McGinley alongside

Alex Miceli spent a day at Castle Stuart getting to know Paul McGinley, the Europeans' next Ryder Cup captain.

Royal Dornoch builds on rich history

Royal Dornoch plays just like it was designed back in the late 1800s, fitting for a club so keen with its history that it is establishing a program to investigate the history of sport and culture in the region.

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Preview coverage

Hole by hole: Muirfield lives up to Open rep

This will be the 16th time the R&A is setting up the Open Championship along the Firth of Forth. Here's what you'll see during what promises to be a compelling week on this par-71 layout that stretches 7,192 yards.

Woods, Garcia head up staff Open predictions

Our staff of experts took a look at the Open Championship field and made their predictions for a favorite, underdog to watch and the low amateur. To no surprise, Tiger Woods registered on a couple of radars.

Notes: Blixt still sees light; Mickelson's money game; more

Two weeks later, Jonas Blixt still doesn't understand the criticism at Greenbrier; Keegan Bradley says Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are money; plus more in our notebook.

What's wrong with Rory? Quite a bit, stats indicate

Rory McIlroy’s latest bad patch – and he has had a few – has been punctuated by waning confidence, substandard short game and a tendency to hang his tee shots right with an inconsistent swing.

Tiger: 'Full go' for Open Championship at Muirfield

Tiger Woods gave an update on his left elbow injury in a release Saturday on his website, and also talked about the upcoming Open Championship at Muirfield.

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