Golf’s Longest-Lasting Winners: Phil Mickelson Set To Make History At PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson has a chance on history on Sunday.
The five-time major tournament winner will be looking to add a sixth major victory to his career at the 2021 PGA Championship, becoming the longest-serving big winner in golf history.
Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen were the co-leaders at 5 years old before moving day. For a while, it looked like Mickelson would win in a runaway after scoring five birdies in the first 10 holes. But a bogey and a double bogey on holes 12 and 13, respectively, brought it down to 2 pennies for the round, 7 pennies for the tournament and, most importantly, within striking distance of Brooks Koepka (6 pennies) and Oosthuizen ( 5 cents).
It’s up to Mickelson to hold back his challengers, but the crowds will no longer cheer on anyone on Kiawah Island on Sunday.
Here’s everything you need to know about Mickelson’s luck at history before playing on Sunday:
The oldest golfers to win a major
According to Golf Compendium, 28 golfers aged 40 or over have won a major 38 times: the first player recorded was Old Tom Morris, who won the 1861 British Open at the age of 40. He also has the most major wins (four), winning the Open Championship in 1861-62, 64 and 67. The most recent was Tiger Woods, who was 43 years, 3 months and 16 days old on the day he won the Masters 2019.
Mickelson is one of those golfers as well, having won the 2013 Open Championship at the age of 43, 1 month, 6 days, leaving him a few months away from the 10 oldest golfers to win a major. If he wins the 2021 PGA Championship, he will become the oldest golfer to win a major.
There are also a few honorable mentions to include: Tom Watson, who led much of the 2009 British Open final round, would have been by far the oldest golfer to win a major: he was 59 at the time. , but lost in the four-hole playoffs to Stewart Cink. Raymond Floyd, 49, was a 1992 Masters finalist; Harry Vardon, 50, finished second at the 1920 US Open.
|Julius Boros||1968 PGA Championship||48 years, 4 months, 18 days|
|Tom Morris Sr.||1867 The Open Championship||46 years, 3 months, 10 days|
|Jack nicklaus||Masters Tournament 1986||46 years, 2 months, 23 days|
|Jerry barber||1961 PGA Championship||45 years, 3 months, 6 days|
|Hale irwin||1990 US Open Championship||45 years, 14 days|
|Lee trevino||1984 PGA Championship||44 years, 8 months, 18 days|
|Robert De Vincenzo||1967 The Open Championship||44 years, 3 months, 1 day|
|Harry vardon||1914 The Open Championship||44 years, 1 month, 10 days|
|Raymond Floyd||1986 US Open Championship||43 years, 9 months, 11 days|
|Ted ray||1920 US Open Championship||43 years, 4 months, 16 days|
How old is Phil Mickelson?
On the last day of play of the 2021 PGA Championship (May 23, 2021), Mickelson is 50 years, 11 months and 8 days old – just before his 51st birthday on June 16. The oldest player to win a major is Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days. If Mickelson finishes first in the 2021 PGA Championship, he will break Boros’ record by around two years and seven months.
How many majors has Phil Mickelson won?
Mickelson has five major championships to his name, winning all but the US Open (where he finished second or tied for the second six times, most recently in 2013). Mickelson’s last big win was in the 2013 Open Championship.
Below are each of Mickelson’s top wins, the year they happened, and his age at the time of each win:
|Open Championship 2013||43 years, 1 month, 6 days|
|Masters Tournament 2010||39 years, 9 months, 27 days|
|Masters Tournament 2006||35 years, 9 months, 25 days|
|2005 PGA Championship||35 years, 1 month, 27 days|
|Masters Tournament 2004||33 years, 9 months, 27 days|