July 21 2013
Henrik Stenson's impressive ballstriking at Muirfield led him to his best finish in a major. Stenson shot a final-round 70 to finish in second place at even-par 284, three shots behind winner Phil Mickelson. Stenson shot three 70s this week and a third-round 74. He previously had finished third in two Open Championships (2008, 2010).
He led the field in both driving accuracy (45 of 56, 80.4 percent) and greens in regulation (57 of 72, 79.2 percent). Stenson got off to a hot start Sunday, making birdies at Nos. 1 and 3 to reach 1 under par. He made four consecutive pars before making bogey at No. 8 and a birdie at the par-5 ninth. He bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13 before a birdie at the par-5 17th.
Stenson, the 2009 THE PLAYERS Championship winner, was coming off a third-place finish at last week's Scottish Open. The runner-up finish at Muirfield was his fourth top-10 in 12 PGA TOUR starts this year. He's finished no worse than 21st in the year's first three majors, tying for 18th at the Masters and 21st at the U.S. Open. He also finished fifth at this year's THE PLAYERS Championship.