Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner of US PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson has become the oldest major winner as he secures US PGA Championship with a two-shot win.

 

Just three weeks before his 51st birthday, Phil Mickelson has made history to win his sixth major title at the PGA Championship. In front of a euphoric crowd, Mickelson held off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to clinch his sixth major title, a total that is only one shy of Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.

At the long and punishing Ocean Course at Kiawah, Mickelson threw in five birdies and six bogeys in a one over par 73 that left him at six under par, a great position for fellow Major winners Koepka and Oosthuizen. However, he finished two clear of fellow American Koepka, who closed with a 74, and South Africa’s Oosthuizen, who signed for a 73.

Mickelson held his nerves during a tense final round on Sunday. Fans mobbed the 50-year-old on his final walk up to the 18th green, with the help of officials, he had to push his way through to reach the putting surface to put the finishing touches on his historic win.

“This is just an incredible feeling. I just believed that it was possible yet everything was saying it wasn’t and I hope that others find that inspiration,” said Mickelson.

“It may take a little extra work and harder effort to maintain the physicality, or maintain the skills, but gosh is it worth it in the end.

“I just love this game and I love what I do and I love the challenge of competing against such great players.”Source: BBC Sport 

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Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner of US PGA Championship

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