Lefty Makes History: Phil Mickelson Wins PGA Championship at 50
It was a win for the ages.
Phil Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship on Sunday, becoming the oldest golfer ever to win a major. At age 50 (and 11 months), Mickelson cracked the previous record that had stood for 53 years held by Julius Boros, winner of the 1968 PGA at age 48. Mickelson's victory was a stunning event that transcends sports. It was arguably the sporting highlight of the year, so far.
There was utterly nothing whatsoever coming into this weekend to suggest Mickelson would be competitive, let alone win another major tournament. He hadn't finished in the Top 20 in any previous event held this year. Mickelson went off at 200-1 odds to win, according to SPREADS.CA.
But the excitement mounted following Saturday's round when "Lefty" went into the clubhouse holding onto a fragile 1-shot lead. He closed out the win on Sunday with a 2-shot victory, shooting one-over-par 73 in the final round in front of a gallery packed with thousands who witnessed the most unexpected of celebrations. Fellow American Brooks Koepka and South African Louis Ooshuizen finished in a tie for second.
This was the 103rd PGA Championship, which was played a Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
As predicted, the social media sports circuit exploded with well-deserved accolades: