Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest winner in PGA Tour History

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On Sunday, Phil Mickelson, 50, became the oldest golfer to win a men’s major championship. This marks his second PGA Championship title at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. He carded a one-over 73 in the final round and finished at six-under for the tournament. Mickelson certainly has a history of unraveling in the final stage of the game, and that along with his age, caused fans to expect the player to fall apart. However, Mickelson’s tee shot on the par-three fifth hole really sliced to the left. But that was no problem for Mickelson, who then holed out from 51 feet away.

Mickelson was allowed to cement his lead on par 5. Though he overshot the green then, he gained ground with his third shot, sinking his birdie putt to improve seven under. Then, there was a bogey on No.17 where he opted for a safe approach on his chip. Sunday’s game showed that Michelson’s strategy was to take control of the game as early as possible. Once he did that, he knew he didn’t have to be perfect in the final round. By then, many top contenders were already making critical mistakes. For instance, Kevin Streelman birdied his first two holes and had a bogey on No. 10. A double-bogey on No. 13 took Oosthuizen out of the race. Koepka, the four-time major champion double-bogeyed No. 2 and then went on to bogey Nos. 10, 11, and 13. The 31-year-old player lost 0.677 strokes with his putter.

After Mickelson won the 2013 Open Championship, he had three top-five finishes and eight missed cuts. This is probably why fans didn’t expect him to make waves at Kiawah island. However, the 50-year-old veteran player broke a record and proved that he’s very much in the game. 

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