July 21, 2013 / 4:43 PM / 6 years ago

Mickelson wins British Open by three shots

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. celebrates after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland, July 21, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson shot a sparkling 66 to charge through the field in the final round of the British Open and win his fifth major title on Sunday.

The American left-hander started five shots behind overnight leader Lee Westwood whose long wait for a first major goes on after a disappointing closing 75 at Muirfield.

Mickelson finished on three under par, three shots ahead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and four clear of Westwood who tied for third with fellow Briton Ian Poulter and Australian Adam Scott.

World number one Tiger Woods, seeking his 15th major title, slipped down to a tie for sixth place after struggling to a final-round 74.

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