Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Championship, making him the oldest player to ever win a major championship.
On Sunday, Phil Mickelson didn’t have his best round of golf in his life, but he made shots when it mattered, and it was good enough for him to win the PGA Championship and do what no other golfer has ever done.
On Sunday, Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (S.C) Golf Resort, shooting 1-over par. Mickelson hasn’t won a major since winning The Open in 2013, and this victory ended a 16-year drought at the PGA Championship, which he also won in 2005. He now holds six major titles, three of which are Masters (2004, 2006, 2010).
On Sunday, Mickelson not only became the oldest golfer to win a major, but he also became the first player over the age of 50 to win a major. Lefty, as he’s known, was tied for the lead after 36 holes this weekend, and he was alone in the lead after 54.
He was partnered with fellow American Brooks Koepka on Sunday, who was one stroke behind when the day began. After the first hole, which Mickelson bogeyed and Koepka birdied, the two immediately switched places. On the second, they swapped places again when Mickelson birdied and Koepka made double-bogey.
Mickelson was now at 7-under par and never trailed again. He did, however, make it interesting. He made bogeys at 3 and 6, then birdied the fifth, seventh, and tenth holes to get to 8-under par and a four-stroke lead over Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. With six holes to go, he had a five-stroke advantage over Koepka and Oosthuizen.
After bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes, he fell to 6-under par and a three-shot lead. On the 15th, he came up just shy of a birdie, leaving him with a par tap-in. Meanwhile, Oosthuizen chipped away at Mickelson’s lead, cutting it to two strokes with three holes to play.
Mickelson made a remarkable third shot to set up a birdie on the par-5 16th, giving him a three-shot lead over Koepka and Oosthuizen with two holes to go.
Lefty found himself in a rough patch, literally, on the 17th hole when his ball landed in some weeds that were almost as tall. This is a condensed version of the information.