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”.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson
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.
Mickelson is now also the fourth golfer to have managed to establish himself on the PGA Tour in four different decades: before him only Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd and Davis Love III have made it. Full loot for the player from San Diego who goes from 115 / a to 32 / a position in the world ranking and from 168 / a to 45 / a in the FedEx Cup. The success has also earned him $ 2,160,000 against a prize pool. total of 12,000,000. And now Mickelson – with the PGA Tour called to do everything to convince him to continue playing on the circuit despite the advances of the Super Golf League – dreams of crowning the Grand Slam to make his career unique. The USGA just ten days ago granted him a special exemption to play the US Open in his city of San Diego from June 17-20 (just after celebrating his 51st birthday on June 16). Mickelson (who won the Masters three times, in 2004, 2006 and 2010, then triumphing at the PGA Championship in 2005 and 2021, and winning the Open Championship in 2013) dreams of the feat to reach Woods, Nicklaus, Player in the myth. , Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Meanwhile, he enjoys the new triumph at the PGA Championship, one of the greatest feats in the history of golf. Which can be compared to the one signed by Woods – historical opponent and long-time friend of Mickelson – in 2019 in Augusta (USA) in The Masters.