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Stenson, Mickelson forever linked after epic Open duel

They walked off the 18th green together, arms wrapped around each other, forever linked by one of golf's greatest duels.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.

No losers here, but only one winner.

Stenson claimed the claret jug, a major champion for the first time at age 40. All it took was 10 birdies and a magnificent 8-under 63 in the closing round of the British Open.

Right on his heels, almost to the very end, was Mickelson. Lefty shot a bogey-free 65, good enough to win on just about any Sunday but this one, another runner-up finish in a major providing little consolation.

"I'm happy for Henrik," said Mickelson, who finished three shots behind...

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