On Golf: A Final Round for the Ages at the British Open

On Golf: A Final Round for the Ages at the British Open

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Henrik Stenson, far left, the British Open winner, with Phil Mickelson. Their final round was reminiscent of the so-called Duel in the Sun in 1977.

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TROON, Scotland — This was an arm wrestle, a free-throw shooting contest, a 50-yard dash. It was a tug of war, a sprint to the top of the hill, a game of rock-paper-scissors.

It was, really, a match race: a pair of thoroughbreds, separated from the field and cut loose from the gate, going stride for stride around the track with no need to look back. All that mattered was keeping…



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