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Phil Mickelson becomes oldest to win a major, hangs on for 2-shot win at PGA Championship

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Clobbering Father Time, bullying big bad Brooks Koepka and getting the better of Pete Dye’s bruiser hard by the sea, Phil Mickelson etched his name in golf’s historical record with a staggering victory Sunday in the 103rd PGA Championship.

While doubters waited for Mickelson to falter, seeing as he hadn’t won since the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, hadn’t finished top 10 in a major since 2016 and recently sought out meditation to deal with focus issues, he didn’t lose his concentration nor his balance during a rollercoaster round on the harsh, windswept Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to become the oldest major championship winner ever at 50 years old.

Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the PGA Championship.

After sleeping on a one-shot lead, Mickelson, a 200-1 shot to win on Thursday and a few weeks from turning 51, survived a helter-skelter first 10 holes where he and playing partner Koepka exchanged body blows to the tune of four two-shot swings and one three-shot swing and then didn’t stagger despite a few more thrills and spills on the back nine and signed for a 1-over 73 to win by two shots.

Inspired by the boisterous pro-Phil galleries, the People’s Champion won his sixth major – and first since the 2013 British Open – and supplanted Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old, as the oldest to win a major at 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old. 

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