Phil Mickelson becomes oldest to win a major, hangs on for 2-shot win at PGA Championship
At age 50, Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major, holding on for a two-shot victory in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island on Sunday.
With raucous fans rocking the 18th hole, Mickelson withstood a bumpy ride in the final round, finishing with an 1-over 73 to get to 6 under to win the sixth major championship of his career. At 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old, Mickelson broke the record for oldest to win a major that was held by Julius Boros (48 years, 4 months and 18 days when he won the 1968 PGA Championship).
Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka tied for second, two shots back at 4 under.
Fourteen men have now won six or more major championships; Mickelson is now tied with Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino with six each.
Entering the final round with a one-shot lead over Koepka, Mickelson made bogey after driving in the rough on the opening hole while Koepka holed a 13-foot putt for birdie. Mickelson took the lead right back on the par-5 second hole with a birdie, while Koepka made a double bogey.
It’s Mickelson’s first victory since winning the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It has been nearly eight years since he won his last major, the 2013 British Open, in which Mickelson shot a final-round 66 to win by three at Muirfield.