Still nifty at fifty – Phil Mickelson becomes oldest winner in major history
Phil Mickelson won the 103rd US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island on Sunday.
The victory made the 50-year-old American the oldest winner in major championship history.
Here the PA news agency looks at the next five oldest major winners.
Julius Boros, 1968 US PGA – 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
Boros worked as an accountant before turning professional in 1949 aged 29, but won his first title in the 1952 US Open and won the same event in 1963, having finished third in the Masters earlier that season. His US PGA triumph came at Pecan Valley Golf Club in Texas in 1968, a closing 69 giving him a one-shot win over Bob Charles and Arnold Palmer. The US PGA was the only major Palmer never won in his career.
Tom Morris Senior, 1867 Open Championship – 46 years, 3 months, 9 days
A legendary figure in the game of golf, Morris spent 12 years as an apprentice to Allan Robertson – who is generally recognised as the world’s first professional golfer – before moving to the newly formed Prestwick Golf Club, where the first 12 Open Championships were held. Morris finished second in the inaugural Open in 1860 and won the title four times in the next seven years, his last win coming at the age of 46.
Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters – 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
Nicklaus first won the Masters in 1963 and claimed his fifth green jacket in 1976, but had gone five years without a victory in any major before heading to Augusta National in 1986. Trailing Greg Norman by four shots after 54 holes, Nicklaus surged through the field with a brilliant closing 65, covering the back nine in just 30 shots to finish a shot ahead of Norman and Tom Kite and claim his 18th major title.
Jerry Barber, 1961 US PGA – 45 years, 3 months, 6 days
The 1961 US PGA was the fourth edition of the championship as a strokeplay event and the first to require a play-off after Barber and Don January finished tied on three under par. The pair were still level after 17 holes of the Monday play-off and both found fairway bunkers off the tee on the 18th, but Barber hit the green and made par while January bogeyed after hitting his approach into more sand.
Hale Irwin, 1990 US Open – 45 years, 15 days
Irwin had won the US Open twice before, but needed a special exemption for the 1990 edition at Medinah, which became the first to finish in sudden-death after Irwin and Mike Donald both shot 74 in the 18-hole play-off. Donald had a two-shot lead after 15 holes, but Irwin birdied the 16th and Donald bogeyed the 18th. Irwin then birdied the first hole of sudden-death to secure victory.
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Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Lucas Glover edges past Patrick Cantlay to claim back-to-back Tour wins
Glover, 43, ultimately claimed victory with a par on the 18th hole playoff after Cantlay found water off the tee.
Lilia Vu wins second major as Charley Hull comes up short despite stunning eagle
American Vu added the Women’s Open title to her Chevron Championship.
Lucas Glover holds onto lead in Memphis with Tommy Fleetwood two strokes behind
Glover said it was a scrappy day but he got ‘a lot out of’ what he had.
Charley Hull shares lead with Lilia Vu heading into final day of Women’s Open
The pair are nine under for the tournament.
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The world number one successfully defended his US PGA Championship title.
Ally Ewing out to emulate Brian Harman with Open win
The pair share their southern roots, passion for hunting and college teams named the Bulldogs.
Ally Ewing storms clear during second round of AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath
At 10 under par Ewing enjoyed a five-shot lead over compatriot Andrea Lee and Japan’s Minami Katsu.
Jordan Spieth leads by one after first round of FedEx St Jude Championship
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Aaron Rai are the best of the British contingent, closing out Thursday on four under par.
Rory McIlroy delighted with Tiger Woods’ role on PGA Tour’s policy board
Woods, 47, has not played since withdrawing from April’s Masters and concedes his playing opportunities will be extremely limited going forward.