Can you “Phil” it?

Mickelson becomes the oldest player to win a major
Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the final round at the PGA Championship golf tournament...
Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the final round at the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Kiawah Island, S.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(David J. Phillip | AP)
Updated: May. 23, 2021 at 7:09 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - On a sun-splashed Sunday in South Carolina, Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer to win a major as he shot a final score of -6 to claim the PGA Championship. Mickelson was able to hold off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen as he now has six major championships. The only one to elude him is the US Open title and that tournament will be played next month in Mickelson’s hometown of San Diego, California.

“This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn’t,” said Mickelson, who had gone more than two years since his last win and had not won a major in nearly eight years. He had not even contended in a major in five years.

Julius Boros for 53 years held the distinction of golf’s oldest major champion. He was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio.

Pure chaos broke out along the 18th hole after Mickelson hit 9-iron safely to just outside 15 feet that all but secured a most improbable victory. Thousands of fans engulfed him down the fairway — a scene typically seen only at the British Open — until Mickelson emerged into view with a thumbs-up.

That might have been the most pressure he faced on the back nine of the Ocean Course.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience like that, so thank you for that,” Mickelson said at the trophy ceremony. “Slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome.”

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