Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship by two strokes at Kiawah Island, South Carolina to become the oldest major winner in PGA Tour history on Sunday.
He has now won 45 events on the PGA Tour, including six major championships: three Masters titles, two PGA Championships, and one Open Championship. He pulled away from Brooks Koepka early Sunday and hung on to claim his first victory in more than two years.
This feat that Mickelson achieved less than a month to his 51st birthday breaks the record held by Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old.
He won his second Wanamaker Trophy (2005) and his first major title since the 2013 Open Championship. Mickelson’s last PGA Tour victory of any kind came in February 2019.
“I mean this is just an incredible feeling because I just believed it was possible, but yet everything was saying it wasn’t,” Mickelson said.
He also hopes that his record can serve as some sort of inspiration to others. He said: “I hope that others find that inspiration. It might take a little extra work, a little harder effort to maintain physically, or maintain the skills, but gosh is it worth it in the end.”
He announced last week he would accept a special exemption for the U.S. Open in June at Torrey Pines, near where he grew up in San Diego.