Phil Mickelson Holds Record as Oldest Golfer to Win PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson made his mark in golf history by becoming the oldest winner of the 2021 PGA Championship. In winning the major at 50 years old, he broke the record held by Julius Boros, who won the PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months, 18 days in 1968. Jack Nicklaus, the golf legend, won his last major at 46.

Mickelson finished ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course after an outstanding final-round performance, with two shots. He finished six-over for the tournament. The recent win is the sixth major title of Mickelson’s long golfing career, with his last PGA Championship 16 years ago in 2005. 

Koepka was seeking his third PGA Championship title in four years. The decisive factor that held him back was when he struggled with his putter.

Admittedly, Mickelson was less likely to be the people’s favorites to win the PGA Championship.

By the final day, Mickelson was just a shot ahead of Koepka. The two opponents went back and forth, exchanging pars, birdies, bogeys, and the odd double bogey on the first four holes.

The Mickelson magic began to emerge on the par-three fifth hole. In a glorious winning moment on the final hole, Mickelson had two-putted his legacy into the history of golf. 

He had only won twice on the PGA Tour before Sunday’s victory. His last major victory was in 2013, and he had two wins in 2020 on the PGA Tour Champions. Winning the 2021 PGA Championship, Mickelson became the fourth golfer to win four different decades in PGA Tour history. He is now among Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd, and Davis Love III.

Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback, went to Twitter with an ecstatic reaction.

“That’s my quarterback!!! LFG @PhilMickelson!!” Brady wrote on his Twitter.

Brady and Mickelson famously teamed up during a charity golf match called The Match in 2020 to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic. They won over the tandem of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning, with Mickelson serving as Brady’s “quarterback.”