By: Adam Susman
Phil Mickelson captured his sixth major winning the 103rd PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course in South Carolina. It’s been eight years since Mickelson’s last major win but the lefty finished six under edging Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes.
“This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn’t,” said Mickelson.
After securing the victory Sunday afternoon, Mickelson became the oldest golfer ever to win a major at 50 years old. Mickelson broke Julius Boros’ record when Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48.
While always a betting favorite due to name recognition, Mickelson had not finished in the top 20 in the last 17 tournaments and was ranked so low on the PGA Tour that he needed a special exemption to compete in the U.S Open next month. Now, Mickelson joins elite company, being one of ten to win a major in three different decades.
“He’s been on tour as long as I’ve been alive,” Jon Rahm exclaimed. “For him to keep that willingness to play and compete and practice, it’s truly admirable.
Mickelson with six majors is now tied for 12th with Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino for all-time major victories. The next major for Mickelson will be the U.S open June 17th – June 20th at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
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