Nothing but a number: Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major champ with PGA Championship win

Phil Mickelson
Posted at 7:53 PM, May 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 15:38:59-04

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Age is nothing but a number for Phil Mickelson who put his name in the record books Sunday by winning the PGA Championship Sunday afternoon at Kiawah Island.

Mickelson, 50, was in a tight race for the opening hour until Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen made all the wrong moves. Oosthuizen and Koepka ended tied for second.

With his win Sunday, Mickelson broke the record for oldest player to ever win a major. The record was previously held by 48-year-old Julius Boros who won the 1968 PGA Championship.

Fans swarmed Mickelson as he walked up the 18th fairway after his impressive shot all but sealed the win.

Mickelson won his sixth major and becomes the first player in PGA Tour history to win 30 years apart. Next up is the U.S. Open and renewed hope for a career Grand Slam.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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