Under bright sunny skies at Kiawah Island, Phil Mickelson’s star shown even brighter as the left-handed golf legend did what had never been done: win a major championship after turning 50-years old.
Even en route to a major victory, Mickelson walked a high wire act down the stretch.
After thrilling the galleries with birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 7, and 10 to pull in front by five shots, the always unpredictable Mickelson dropped back-to-back shots on 13 and 14.
But he settled down and made birdie on the par-5 16th to pull ahead by three with two to play.
A bogey on 17 put him two out front with one to play. And he finished his final hole in typical Phil fashion: not easy but absolutely thrilling.
A two-putt par gave him a 73 to settle on 6 under, good for a two-shot victory and his sixth major title.
“I mean, this is just an incredible feeling because I just believed that it was possible but yet everything was saying it wasn’t,” said Mickelson.
“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.”