Phil Mickelson Wins PGA Championship at Age 50

By Adam Roberts – 5/24/2021

Back in 2004, my mother, her partner, my sister and I all got the opportunity to see the PGA Championship in person at Whistling Straits north of Sheboygan. As an 11 year old just beginning to learn the names of all the major players at the time on tour, I was craning my neck all day hoping to get a glimpse of Tiger. While Eldrick would not be seen that day, we were able to catch some putting from both Vijay Singh and Phil Micklelson. After Phil’s putt, we called out to him from the stands, and to this day I remember his wave to us and a “thanks for the support”.

I like to think he directed this at me, but I know he was probably speaking to my sister, who that day was being wheeled around with a broken leg.

Phil put himself in the record book Sunday by winning the PGA Championship to become the oldest major champion in golf history. And he didn’t have to work all that hard for it.

Mickelson was in a tight race for the opening hour until Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen made all the wrong moves.

Mickelson won his sixth major and becomes the first player in PGA Tour history to win 30 years apart.

Next up is the U.S. Open and renewed hope for a career Grand Slam.