“Lefty” Brings Home A Big One For The Old Guys!
What a day for golf! The final round of the 2021 PGA Championship, the second major of the season witnessed history being written as the 50-year old Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer to win a men’s major championship. Besides claiming the Wanamaker Trophy, Mickelson also pocketed a prize of US$2.16 million for the win.
On a day when players were being beaten up left, right and centre by a vicious golf course, Mickelson kept his cool and went about protecting his lead with a well-managed round of golf. He was simply magical!
As player after player was robbed of strokes by a course set up to gobble them up mercilessly, the left-handed maestro pulled away from the field to capture his second PGA Championship title. The boisterous fans pushed him along to card a one-over 73 in the final round to finish at 6-under for the tournament.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka tied for second at 4-under.
Mickelson was a totally different player on course. Absent was his smile and warm demeanour which are part of his trademark style. He was stoic and never did he once high-five or fist-pump his cheering fans. He was almost zen-like throughout the tournament and only let up after his final putt when fans saw the old Mickelson and his dimpled smile.
Mickelson showed no signs of letting go and once he took control early into the day, there was no looking back for the old campaigner. He didn’t need to be perfect in the final round since many of the top contenders wilted around him.
As was the case in the years preceding Tiger Woods’ triumph at the 2019 Masters, many would have thought that they had witnessed the last of Mickelson winning a major championship. Since his victory in the 2013 Open Championship, he had three top-five finishes and eight missed cuts.
This was not to be at the PGA Championship – the golfing gods were smiling down on the old guy and there was no way that they would let anybody challenge Mickelson for the win and the opportunity to create history. Well done Phil – you deserve the win!