Mickelson, 50, became the oldest major winner in history with his victory at Kiawah on Sunday – his sixth major win overall.
Mickelson, at 6-under par for the Championship, very much got it done. He won the 103rd PGA Championship by two shots and in the process made history at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
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PGA Champions Tiger Woods, John Daly and Justin Thomas all took to social media to congratulate Mickelson:
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“It’s very exciting because I’ve had a few breakthroughs on being able to stay more present, be able to stay more focused, and physically, I’m striking it and playing as well as I ever have but I haven’t been able to see that clear picture,” said Mickelson.
“Although I believed it, until I actually did it, there was a lot of doubt, I’m sure.”
Mickelson had really nothing in the last couple years that would have pointed to Mickelson truly contending for another major.
Between winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February 2019 and this PGA, Mickelson had played 46 PGA Tour events. He’d finished in the top-20 in just three of them and none in 2021. He hadn’t recorded a top-10 finish in a major since 2016.
Mickelson won his sixth major an astounding 2,863 days after his last with a final-round 1-over 73.
It is just the third tournament he has won over the last eight years since taking the 2013 Open Championship and the first time he finished better than T71 at the PGA Championship since 2016.
Regardless of the start, which got many viewers thinking of heartbroken years-gone-by, it was the finish that mattered.
Phil Mickelson, age 50, is a PGA Champion once again.
“There’s no reason,” Mickelson said, “why the game of golf can’t be the game for a lifetime.”