United INVERNESS, Scotland —
After days of links-style bump and runs, it was the kind of chip shot he produces regularly on the PGA Tour that sealed the win.
After Mickelson tapped in, his South African opponent's putt slid by and the celebrations could really begin for the Mickelson clan.
"I almost let it slip away, but to come out on top feels terrific," said Mickelson, who will tee off at Muirfield next week as No. 5 in the world and $740,000 richer.
"I don't think there's a better way to get ready for a major championship or an Open championship than playing the week before, playing well the week before and getting into contention. And coming out on top just gives me more confidence."
This was his 48th professional victory worldwide, four of which have come in the majors. However, he has never raised the claret jug.
Mickelson and Grace finished on 17-under 271 after overhauling Stenson, who bogeyed three of his last six holes for a tie for third with unheralded Dane J.B. Hansen on 15 under.
Rebounding well from his near miss at last month's U.S. Open and then his missed cut at the Greenbrier Classic last week, Mickelson had to dig deep to earn his first win on European soil since capturing the Tournoi Perrier Paris on the European Challenge Tour in 1993.