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Sunday's Birdies and Bogeys

Who were the winners and losers on Day 4 at Muirfield? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys

July 21, 2013
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Birdie: Phil Mickelson

Once upon a time, the safe bet was that Mickelson would never win the Open Championship -- not as long as he resisted the idiosyncrasies that accompany links golf. But Mickelson's Sunday 66 at Muirfield confirms him as one of golf's true savants, one who needed only time to adapt his boundless talent to a different style. After his win the previous week in the Scottish Open, Mickelson began Sunday five strokes back, but closed with four birdies in his final six holes. None were more impressive than his 302-yard approach into the wind on the par-5 17th, which skipped onto the green to set up an easy 4. The fifth major of Mickelson's career puts him three-fourths of the way to the career Grand Slam. Either way, it cements his status as one of the games all-time greats.
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