TROON, Scotland — Major golf championships are not noted for this kind of thing. Ryder Cups, maybe. Ernie Els versus Tiger Woods at the 2003 Presidents Cup, perhaps.
But when was the last time two golf heavyweights went at it head-to-head in an Open Championship, 36 holes (at least) in a row?
That’s what Royal Troon will have presented by Sunday evening: back-to-back rounds of Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson, thrust and parry, punch and counter-punch, with the Claret Jug on the line.
It was a more glamorous meeting, granted, when Tom Watson bested Jack Nicklaus in the Duel In The Sun just down the road at Turnberry in 1977. So the names this time aren’t as big, and the sun…