Kiawah Island, SC…Phil Mickelson, at 6-under par, won the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island by two shots and in the process made history. Mickelson, who now has two PGA Championship victories, became the oldest major champion in golf history. Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years old, saw his record supplanted by Mickelson – who turns 51 on June 16.
The final round of the 103rd PGA Championship got off to a roller coaster-type start, with Mickelson and Brooks Koepka – who he played with Sunday and who ended up tied for second – with multiple, multi-shot lead changes occurring throughout the front nine – including on the very first hole.
Mickelson made bogey while Koepka made birdie on the par-4 opener.
After some early back-and-forth with Koepka, Mickelson pitched in for birdie from a greenside sandy area on the fifth. It was an electric moment for both Mickelson and the crowd, but then he bogeyed the very next hole – before adding a birdie on the hole after that.
Mickelson shot even par on the front nine, but then birdied the 10th.
The 2005 PGA Champion, who won a major for the first time with his brother, Tim, as his caddie, bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 but settled in for a steady finish – after a start that was anything-but.
Mickelson added a birdie on the par-5 16th before saving par on the 17th hole. He took a wild swipe with the driver on 18 into the crowd – as vocal as ever and which was allowed to walk the 18th fairway behind Mickelson as he walked to his ball.
Regardless of the start, which got many viewers thinking of heartbroken years-gone-by, it was the finish that mattered.
Phil Mickelson, age 50, is a PGA Champion once again.
Source = Adam Stanley PGA