With some of golf’s top stars having uneven seasons, the British Open should be a wide-open affair.
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SOUTHPORT, England — Two old men by the sea did battle for the Claret Jug in last year’s British Open, throwing haymaker after haymaker at each other until one stood tallest at the end.
By the Firth of Clyde, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson unleashed an uncommon display of brilliance at ancient Royal Troon, separating themselves from the field with spectacular play that left their peers in awe. Stenson prevailed by three with a record performance in which he finished with the lowest total score shot in a major championship (264) and joined Johnny Miller as the only players to shoot 63 in the final round of a major. His total in relation to par — 20 under — set an Open record. Mickelson’s 267 tied for the second-lowest total in the 145 Opens contested.
Meanwhile, J.B. Holmes finished third — 14 shots back.
What wasn’t unusual about the instant…