Padraig Harrington walked away from Kiawah Island feeling another Major was not out of his reach after finishing in a tie for fourth at the 2021 US PGA Championship.
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“I walk away from this week, there’s nothing stopping me in my golf swing. I swing the club well enough and I hit the golf ball well enough and I hit it far enough to compete. Give me the right conditions, as I probably needed the right conditions even back in my own heyday, and I will be competitive, no doubt about it. We all dream it can happen and we push for that and it keeps me getting up in the morning, keeps me practising. So this does add a bit of confidence that I’m not too far away and, especially like when I won my Majors, a lot of my Major wins came after me seeing some good stuff and being able to build on that, and I do see some good stuff in this week.I was much better focus wise, much better over the last couple of weeks. I changed my routine and I got a lot better since then. And going forward, I just need to find that one thing on the putting or whatever and I could be as physically good a player as I ever was, but there’s a lot more competition these days”.
A historic enterprise, one of the greatest ever in golf. In South Carolina Phil Mickelson with a total of 282 (70 69 70 73, -6) shots won the 103rd edition of the PGA Championship becoming the oldest winner of a Grand Slam tournament at 50 years, 11 months and 7 days. . The Californian surpassed the previous record of Julius Boros, king of the PGA Championship in 1968 at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days. On Kiawah Island, against all odds and after a tournament that saw him as protagonist from start to finish, the southpaw from San Diego overcame the competition of two other Major champions: Brooks Koepka (champion of the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019) and Louis Oosthuizen, both 2 / i with 270 (-4). “It’s a fantastic success, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like it. I believed and hoped that anything could be possible.
I hope to be a source of inspiration for many, I have made many sacrifices but it was really worth it. I love this sport and I love to compete with such strong players “Mickelson said at the end of the tournament. To celebrate his masterpiece over 10,000 spectators, crowded at the 18th hole of the Ocean Course (par 72), a course that left no way out even to Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas – respectively number 1 and two in the world, both out at the cut – and who celebrated the exploit of “Lefty”.
From Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus, from Gary Player to John Daly, from Thomas to Koepka, the world of golf has celebrated Mickelson’s victory. “Seeing you win at 50 is really inspiring. Congratulations “the compliments on Twitter of Tiger Woods, the great absentee of the tournament.” You are a formidable ambassador of this sport, a timeless champion “the praise of Player. The world of golf is a global tribute to one of its greatest performers who, 30 years, 4 months and 10 days after his first PGA Tour title at the Northern Telecom Open (in 1991, as an amateur) celebrated one of his victories most important. For the Californian it is the sixth title in a Major, the second in the PGA Championship (already won in 2005) and the 45 / o on the top American circuit where he is now in eighth place, in the all-time ranking, for trophies won.