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Phil Mickelson, at the age of 50, beat a crowd of younger players on a ocean-side wind-swept PGA Championship course this Sunday. Mickelson’s last major championship was the 2013 British Open. That was his fifth major championship. Now, Phil Mickelson has joined the elite 13 golfers with six major championships in the entire history of the PGA. And. Phil Mickelson has won one for the old guys, blowing away the next oldest winner by two years. The three oldest major PGA championship winners were:
Julius Boros 1968 PGA Championship 48 years, 4 months, 18 days Tom Morris Sr. 1867 The Open Championship 46 years, 3 months, 10 days Jack Nicklaus 1986 Masters Tournament 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
Mickelson has consistently played professional tour-level golf for the past quarter-century. Yet, his time as a champion seemed long past. Now, Phil has done what a 53-year-old Greg Norman, leading the 2008 British Open field on Sunday morning, could not do. Phil Mickelson won with the roar of the crowd in his ears, protected by tournament staff from being mobbed by golf fans on the last two holes. No, the crowd in South Carolina was not muzzled with face diapers, and this group of Americans was not showing any sign of signifying obedience to the evil Dr. Fraudci.
At age 50, Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major, holding on for a two-shot victory in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island on Sunday.
With raucous fans rocking the 18th hole, Mickelson withstood a bumpy ride in the final round, finishing with an 1-over 73 to get to 6 under to win the sixth major championship of his career. At 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old, Mickelson broke the record for oldest to win a major that was held by Julius Boros (48 years, 4 months and 18 days when he won the 1968 PGA Championship).