Earlier than the 2021 PGA championship, Vegas gave Phil Mickelson 200-1 odds to win his sixth main. You most likely didn’t give him a lot of an opportunity, both. Lefty got here in 69th place in his final match and missed the minimize on the one earlier than. He couldn’t crack the highest 20 on the 2021 Masters. Hell, he couldn’t break into the highest 20 at any level this season. And Phil’s final main win? Again in 2013 at The Open Championship — when he was 43.
However immediately, weeks away from his 51st birthday, Mickelson turned the oldest golfer to win a significant championship. He shot a 73 for the ultimate spherical, nonetheless sufficient to seize his second Wanamaker trophy.
Mickelson earned his first PGA Tour victory in 1991, one 12 months after his enjoying companion, Brooks Koepka, was born.
Their remaining pairing was the principle draw on Sunday afternoon. Koepka, 31, has already gained 4 majors. And heading into the ultimate spherical, he was the favorite to win.
However apart from “Mickelson vs. Koepka,” the opposite matchup networks preferred to broadcast was “Mickelson vs. time.” May he really play his finest golf for 4 straight days at 50? By now, you recognize the reply.
Koepka and Mickelson went into Sunday at -6 and -7, respectively, and completed at -4 and -6 for the match.
They traded the lead for the primary few holes. However a chip-n birdie at No. 5 was the primary signal that Mickelson was not going to let his lead slip. It was additionally the shot of the weekend.
After ending with a fair 36 on the entrance 9, Mickelson birdied No. 10. The followers, nonetheless at restricted capability, had been loving it.
Phil would bogey 13, 14, and 17 to make the ultimate few holes a bit extra attention-grabbing. Nevertheless it didn’t matter. He had a two-shot lead going into 18 and a mass of followers awaited him on the inexperienced.
And what does that win imply for Phil? Effectively, historical past because the oldest main winner, clearly. The most important win of his profession? Positively. Plus, he’s now tied for twelfth on the all time main wins record. He’ll get prize cash, a giant silver trophy, a lift to his legacy and all that great things, too. Anything? I imply, is there something extra to ask for?
He’ll be 51 when he tees off on the US open subsequent month. However I’d be stunned if we see him win one other main.
Then once more, he simply proved us all incorrect. What are the percentages he may do it once more?