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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 203
“I played a bogey-free round of 65 in the final round of a major,” Mickelson said, no doubt wondering what hehastodotoaddasixthmajortohisCV. “Usually that’s good enough to do it, and I got beat. I got beat by 10 birdies.” A bogey five at the first hole on Sunday could have signaled the beginning of the end for Stenson who, save for a well-documented five-year winless stretch between 2007 and 2012, has been a picture of consistency since returning to the top of the game. Instead the first-hole blip triggered a birdie barrage – five in fact over the next seven holes – to catapult the Swede to the brink of Open success, as Mickelson battled just to keep pace. A withering combination of precision hitting and clutch putting set up a further five birdies after the turn to wrap things up. Stenson hit a staggering 89 per cent of greens in regulation on Sunday, and took exactly 27 putts in each of the four rounds. No one was going to gun down Stenson while he knocked down those kinds of numbers, but the man himself says that with Mickelson stalking him in the final group, he wasn’t about to give one of the greats a sniff. “I knew he wasn’t going to back down at any point,” the eventual champion said. “And in way that makes it easier for myself. I knew I had to keep on pushing, keep on giving myself birdie chances. He wasn’t going to give it to me.” “It’s not something you want to run around and shout, but I felt like this was going to be my turn.” Stenson might have been branded “Iceman” while doing the hard yards as a young man trying to force his way onto the European Tour. It took him 16 years, but the big freeze has finally arrived. E IT WAS DEBATABLE WHETHER STENSON WOULD EVER LIVE UP TO HIS MONIKER. WELL, THIS WEEK THE “ICEMAN” COMETH. 2 x Nights Accommodation in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment 1 x Round of 18 Holes starting from: Relax, Stay & Play in the Bay! firstname.lastname@example.org 02 4916 4777 Subject to availability. Rates are for self-con- tained accommodation and based on four share only. Excludes all school holidays, public holidays & long weekends. Golf cart hire additional. per person Four Share $155 per person SIX Share $145
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