2013 British Open Winner and Scores

The 2013 British Open was the 142nd playing of the golf tournament. Phil Mickelson won it by tying the tournament's best score in the final round, a 66.

Winner: Phil Mickelson, 281

Where it was played: Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland

Dates: July 18-21, 2013

Leader after first round: Zach Johnson, 66

Leader after second round: Miguel Angel Jimenez, 139

Leader after third round: Lee Westwood, 210

What Happened at the 2013 Open Championship

Phil Mickelson won the 2013 British Open by three strokes, his first win in an Open Championship. Mickelson entered the tournament hot, coming off a victory at the previous week's Scottish Open. That was Mickelson's first-ever win on a links course; this British Open was his second.

Despite his good form, there was little in Mickelson's record at the Open to suggest he would win. He had only two Top 10s in the tournament in his career, against four missed cuts. One of those missed cuts was the previous year's championship. And Mickelson termed his relationship with links golf "hate-love," but most of the time it veered more toward hate.

Mickelson got off to a good start, opening with a 69, three strokes behind leader Zach Johnson. In the second round, Miguel Angel Jimenez took the lead at 139, with Mickelson at 143.

Mickelson shot 72 in the third round, but that was only good for ninth place, five strokes behind the lead of Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Hunter Mahan were among the golfers between Mickelson and first place.

But in the final round, among the golfers who started tied with or ahead of Mickelson, only Henrik Stenson, with a 70, managed to break par. No surprise that Stenson finished runner-up to Mickelson. (Three years later, Stenson won the 2016 Open with Mickelson as runner-up.)

Mickelson, however, carded a final-round 66, matching Johnson's first-round score for low round of the tournament. Third-round leader Westwood could manage only a 75, Scott 72, Johnson 72 and Woods 74.

When Mickelson birdied the 14th hole, he got within one stroke of Scott's lead. But Scott bogeyed shortly after, creating a 3-way tie at 1-under par between himself, Westwood and Mickelson.

Mickelson soon took the outright lead, though, as Scott and Westwood continued to drop shots. On the par-5 17th, Mickelson played two perfect 3-wood shots to reach the green in two, then 2-putted for birdie to reach 2-under.

And when Mickelson birdied again on the final hole of the tournament, he finished at 3-under 281. Although there were several more groups still on the course, nobody was close enough to have a reasonable chance of catching Mickelson. It was Mickelson's fifth career win in a major championship, and his 42nd official PGA Tour victory.

A couple of future multiple-major winners made their Open Championship debuts this year. Brooks Koepka missed the cut, but Jordan Spieth (whose major wins include the 2017 Open) tied for 44th. Another debut was by Matt Fitzpatrick, who tied Spieth at 44th and was low amateur. Fitzpatrick went on to win the 2022 U.S. Open.

2013 British Open Final Scores

Phil Mickelson 69-74-72-66—281
Henrik Stenson 70-70-74-70—284
Ian Poulter 72-71-75-67—285
Adam Scott 71-72-70-72—285
Lee Westwood 72-68-70-75—285
Zach Johnson 66-75-73-72—286
Hideki Matsuyama71-73-72-70—286
Tiger Woods 69-71-72-74—286
Francesco Molinari69-74-72-72—287
Hunter Mahan 72-72-68-75—287
Brandt Snedeker 68-79-69-72—288
Angel Cabrera 69-72-73-74—288
Justin Leonard 74-70-74-71—289
Miguel Angel Jimenez 68-71-77-73—289
Danny Willett 75-72-72-71—290
Charl Schwartzel 75-68-76-71—290
Eduardo De la Riva73-73-75-69—290
Harris English 74-71-75-70—290
Matt Kuchar 74-73-72-71—290
Keegan Bradley 75-74-70-71—290
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 67-74-76-74—291
Richard Sterne 75-75-68-73—291
Stephen Gallacher 76-70-76-69—291
Darren Clarke 72-71-76-72—291
Sergio Garcia 75-73-68-75—291
Stewart Cink 72-75-76-69—292
Jonas Blixt 72-78-73-69—292
Jason Dufner 72-77-76-67—292
Paul Lawrie 81-69-70-72—292
Steven Tiley 72-75-73-72—292
Ernie Els 74-74-70-74—292
Jason Day 73-71-72-77—293
Jamie Donaldson 74-71-71-77—293
Y.E. Yang 78-70-73-72—293
Bubba Watson70-73-77-73—293
Shane Lowry 74-74-75-70—293
Thongchai Jaidee 79-71-71-72—293
Oliver Fisher 70-78-77-68—293
Bud Cauley 74-75-71-73—293
Fred Couples 75-74-73-71—293
Martin Kaymer 72-74-72-75—293
Dustin Johnson 68-72-76-77—293
Ryan Moore 72-70-72-79—293
Shingo Katayama 73-77-69-75—294
Tim Clark72-76-76-70—294
K.J. Choi 76-74-71-73—294
Mark Brown 77-73-72-72—294
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick 73-76-73-72—294
Martin Laird 70-71-81-72—294
Freddie Jacobson 72-75-75-72—294
Geoff Ogilvy 75-75-72-72—294
Bo Van Pelt 76-73-77-68—294
Jordan Spieth 69-74-76-75—294
Carl Pettersson 74-76-70-75—295
Padraig Harrington 73-75-77-70—295
Marcus Fraser 73-74-76-72—295
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 70-79-73-73—295
Tom Lehman 68-77-75-76—296
Richie Ramsay76-74-72-74—296
Mark O'Meara 67-78-77-74—296
Graeme McDowell 75-71-73-77—296
Boo Weekley 74-76-71-75—296
Johnson Wagner 73-72-73-78—296
Bernd Wiesberger 71-74-75-77—297
Webb Simpson 73-70-77-77—297
Chris Wood 75-75-75-72—297
Ken Duke 70-77-73-77—297
Branden Grace 74-71-77-75—297
Gregory Bourdy 76-70-74-77—297
Ben Curtis 74-71-80-72—297
George Coetzee 76-71-75-76—298
Gareth Wright 71-78-75-74—298
a-Jimmy Mullen 71-78-75-75—299
Thomas Bjorn 73-74-72-80—299
Todd Hamilton 69-81-70-79—299
Russell Henley 78-71-75-75—299
Shiv Kapur 68-77-83-71—299
Kyung-Tae Kim 73-76-77-73—299
Mikko Ilonen 72-78-76-74—300
Kevin Streelman 74-71-82-73—300
Peter Senior 74-76-73-77—300
Josh Teater 72-77-75-77—301
Graham DeLaet 76-72-76-79—303
Sandy Lyle 76-72-80-79—307

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