The final round of the PGA Championship took place Sunday at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, and winner Phil Mickelson put on a performance that snagged him both the Wanamaker Trophy and a spot in golfing history.
Lefty was must-see television all day at Kiawah Island, especially when he hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time in his career.
Mickelson retained a lead going into both Saturday and today’s action, holding a one-shot advantage over Brooks Koepka as the two prepared for the final round.
A highlight from Sunday occurred when the crowd went wild for Mickelson’s shot from the sand that traveled its way in:
Mickelson scored a 5-under after 36 holes to tie Louis Oosthuizen. The pressure of the moment may have had an influence on Oosthuizen, who put three into the water at the 13th hole. Mickelson then put on a clinic, scoring four birdies by the tenth gap to take a four-shot lead over Oosthuizen.
A sinking bogey on the 14th cut Mickelson’s lead down to three, capping a rough stretch that included back-to-back bogeys.
In the end, Mickelson finished 6-under and won with a two-shot victory over Koepka, who finished with a 74.
With today’s PGA win, Phil Mickelson now has six majors, which is 12th all-time, and is now PGA’s oldest champion at 50 years old.
After today’s performance by Mickelson, 50 may be the new 30.
It was a remarkable, tense performance by the veteran golfer, whose cool demeanor since ‘92 carried him into a dominant performance in 2021, one that even Clay could not jinx: