Henrik Stenson says his victory at The Open Championship is a “dream come true”.
The 40-year-old became the first male Swedish player to claim a major crown as he carded a final round of 63 at Royal Troon to finish on 20-under par.
Stenson became just the second player to finish a major on -20, equalling a record set by Jason Day in the 2015 US PGA Championship.
“I felt like it was my time,” said Stenson. “It’s not something you want to run around and shout but I felt like this was going to be my turn. That was the extra self-belief that made me go all the way this week. “It’s a dream come true.
The Ryder Cup and the Open Championship were the big early memories I had so to sit here with this trophy is pretty amazing.”
American Phil Mickelson finished on 17-under par as the runner-up, with JB Holmes 11 shots further back in third, and ‘Lefty’ was disappointed to miss out on the Claret Jug.
He said: “It’s probably the best I’ve played and not won. I think that’s probably why it’s disappointing in that I don’t have a point where I can look back and say, I should have done that or had I only done this.
“I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major, usually that’s good enough to do it, and I got beat.”
Stenson is 17.00 to win the upcoming US PGA Championship, Mickelson is 26.00 and Holmes can be backed at 81.00.