KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA (REUTERS, AFP) – Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship by two shots over Brooks Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen on Sunday(May 23) to become the oldest major winner in history.
At 50 years, 11 months and three days old, Mickelson wiped out the mark of oldest winner of a Major that was set by Julius Boros, then 48, in the 1968 PGA Championship. Mickelson will turn 51 on June 16.
The American took the US$2.1 million (S$2.8 million) top prize with a stunning shot-making display on the windy Ocean Course.
He delivered a win for the ages by firing a final-round one-over 73 to finish 72 holes on six-under 282 with four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka (74) and South African Louis Oosthuizen (73) second on 284.
A surreal scene at the 18th hole saw spectators surround the green and chanting “Lefty” as he two-putted for par to complete a record-breaking victory for the ages.
The victory by Mickelson marked the sixth Major championship win of his career and first since the 2013 British Open.
Mickelson’s best 2021 finish entering this week was a tie for 21st at the Masters in April. He now has won 45 times on the PGA Tour. This was his first win since the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2019.