Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner ever

Phil Mickelson has made golfing history today with his US PGA Championship win at Kiawah Island. The 50 year old has become the oldest man to win a major in the sport.

Mickelson’s win comes after a year of turmoil and disruptions in the sport. The crowds at the event were there first hand to see the historic moment at the 18th. The win is a sixth major title, eight years after his last.

“It was quite unnerving, but exceptionally awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that before,

said the American, who won on six under par at the Ocean Course after a closing one-over 73.

Mickelson finished two clear of Brooks Koepka with a close with a 74, and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen 73.

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Mickelson take the record

Julius Boros held the record at the age of 48 in 1968. Mickelson takes the record of oldest major winner from him. England’s Sir Nick Faldo and American Lee Trevino as a six-time major winner are some other big names. Only 11 male players have won more.

“This is just an incredible feeling. I just believed that it was possible yet everything was saying it wasn’t and I hope that others find that inspiration,” added Mickelson.

“It may take a little extra work and harder effort to maintain the physicality, or maintain the skills, but gosh is it worth it in the end.

“I just love this game and I love what I do and I love the challenge of competing against such great players.”

He will now be among the favourites at next month’s US Open. This is the only major he needs to become the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam. It is being held near his home in San Diego at Torrey Pines, a course on which he has won three titles.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry finished in a tie for fourth at two under after closing rounds of 69.

They were level with American Harry Higgs and England’s Paul Casey, who scored consistently throughout the week and posted his third 71 on Sunday.

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