It’s hard not to feel bad for Phil Mickelson after this one. He came within half an inch of breaking the all-time lowest score in a major championship on Thursday, then, playing in the final group on Sunday, he shot an impressive bogey-free, six-under 65 and lost.

Mickelson played well enough to win and deserved to walk away with the trophy. It was the 11th major runner-up of his career — the second-most all time — but he didn’t make any mistakes this time. He simply lost to a man who made 10 birdies on Sunday. Golf isn’t fair.

But for upset as he was afterwards, he never turned sour. Speaking to the Golf Channel immediately after his round, he didn’t complain or bemoan his bad luck, he simply praised Stenson for his fantastic play.

“I thought we played pretty good golf. I hit a lot of good shots and Henrik made 10 birdies. He and I have been friends for quite some time and I really like and respect him. I’m really happy for him, as much as I’m disappointed with the outcome. He’s a class act and he played phenomenal. He hit the ball so solid yesterday and today especially. What a great champion. He just played some incredible golf. I threw as much at him as I could and he didn’t make any mistakes. Just incredible play. What a great champion he is.”

You can watch the full interview on the Golf Channel right here.

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