A month short of his 51st birthday, Phil “Lefty” Mickelson did the improbable, winning the 103rd PGA Championship on Sunday 23 May 2021 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
He shot six under par for the tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
In doing so, Mickelson became the oldest golfer to win a major championship, bettering the record previously held by Julius Boros’ who won the 1968 PGA Championship aged 48.
This was his second PGA title (2005); sixth major (and first since the 2013 Open); and 45th PGA TOUR victory (first since the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
“I hope that this inspires some to just put in that little extra work, because there’s no reason why you can’t accomplish your goals at an older age,” Mickelson said after his round. “It just takes a little more work.”