Phil Mickelson: I will cherish forever winning US PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson said he would “cherish forever” his extraordinary victory in the US PGA Championship after becoming the oldest major champion in history.
Mickelson held his nerve during a pulsating final round at Kiawah Island to win
his sixth major title, 16 years on from lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the first time.
The 50-year-old carded a closing 73 amid euphoric and somewhat chaotic scenes around the 18th green, finishing six under par and two shots ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
“I believed I had the ability to do it, I knew I could and I’ve been very frustrated,” said Mickelson, who had started the week ranked 115th in the world and a 280/1 outsider.
“With the help of my wife Amy, my brother Tim and my coach Andrew Getson,
I’ve been able to get back to playing golf at the highest level and it’s so fulfilling and rewarding and this is a moment I will cherish forever.
“This is just an incredible feeling because I just believed that it was possible, but yet everything was saying it wasn’t. I hope that others find that inspiration.
“It might take a little extra work, a little bit harder effort to maintain physically or maintain the skills, but gosh is it worth it in the end, and I’m so appreciative to be holding this Wanamaker Trophy.”
Mickelson was mobbed by spectators after hitting a superb approach to the 18th and needed assistance from security guards to force his way on to the
He described the experience as “slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome,” but playing partner Koepka was not so amused.
“It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a s***,” said Koepka, who had surgery to deal with a knee cap dislocation and ligament damage on March 16.
“It’s cool for Phil, but getting dinged a few times isn’t exactly my idea of fun.
“I don’t think anybody really understands until actually you’re coming out of surgery how… I mean, even when I was doing rehab and there’s five people kind of standing by your knee, you get a little skittish.”
Oosthuizen, who had already finished second in all four majors before this week, said: “I feel like I’m playing my heart out to get a second major, and I do know I have the game to do it. This was close.
“My game wasn’t great on the weekend so I just need to work harder on it to get myself in contention again.”
Brooks Koepka makes impressive start in bid for third US Open victory
Brooks Koepka made an impressive start to his bid for a third US Open victory in five years as Phil Mickelson’s hopes of completing the career grand slam suffered a significant blow.Koepka, who won the title in 2017 and 2018 and was second in 2019, carded an opening 69 at Torrey Pines to lie two shots behind early clubhouse leader Russell Henley.Former Open champion Francesco Molinari was a shot off the lead following a 68, but Mickelson was four over par approaching the end of his round, a month after becoming the oldest champion in major history with his shock victory in the US PGA Cham…
Phil Mickelson makes bad start to US Open title bid
The six-time major winner is looking to complete a career grand slam.
US Open at Torrey Pines: Rahm is ready to become a Major man
The Spaniard is the clear favourite in San Diego this week when he returns to the scene of his first PGA TOUR win.
Shane Lowry hopes to have luck on his side at Torrey Pines
The Open champion finished in a tie for fourth in last month’s US PGA.
Lee Westwood hopes 121st US Open is a marriage made in heaven
The 48-year-old is taking inspiration from recent performances from Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink and Padraig Harrington.
Rory McIlroy hopes ‘indifferent’ attitude can help him win more majors
The Northern Irishman is looking to get back to form at the US Open.
Focus on Phil Mickelson as veteran bids for career grand slam at Torrey Pines
The 50-year-old become golf’s oldest major champion with victory in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last month..
On This Day in 2008: Tiger Woods wins US Open in dramatic fashion
The then world number one had twice denied Rocco Mediate victory at the 18th.
Bryson DeChambeau pledges to be a team man for the United States at Ryder Cup
The defending US Open champion has an ongoing rivalry with Brooks Koepka.
Positive Covid-19 test meant Jon Rahm missed seeing his parents meet his son
The world number three was isolating at the time and has backed the way the PGA handled his withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament.