Winner’s Circle: Phil Mickelson Claims Sixth Major Title at PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson Wins 2021 PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Stacy Revere via Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson survived a rollercoaster Sunday round at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course to post a 73 and claim a stunning two-shot victory at the PGA Championship.

Mickelson set a ton of records, but the biggest headline is becoming the first player to win a major title after turning 50.

It was his sixth major championship and with it comes a five-year PGA Tour exemption, which essentially ends his Champions Tour career. He now becomes an even more iconic and historical player. It also brings him into the conversation for the 2021 Ryder Cup.

And so much more.

Phil Mickelson: Pro-File

Nationality: American
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 200 lb
Birthdate June 16, 1970 (age 50)
Native: San Diego, CA
Resides: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
College: Arizona State
Turned Pro: 1992
Plays: Full Callaway bag

Top-10 Leaders: Round 4

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 4)
1. Phil Mickelson -6 (+1)
2. Brooks Koepka -4 (+2)
2. Louis Oosthuizen -4 (+1)
4. Padraig Harrington -2 (-3)
4. Shane Lowry -2 (-3)
4. Harry Higgs -2 (-2)
4. Paul Casey -2 (-1)
8. Abraham Ancer -1 (-7)
8. Justin Rose -1 (-5)
8. Collin Morikawa -1 (-4)
8. Jon Rahm -1 (-4)
8. Collin Morikawa -1 (-4)
8. Will Zalatoris -1 (-2)
8. Scottie Scheffler -1 (-2)
8. Tony Finau -1 (-1)
8. Rickie Fowler -1 (-1)
8. Kevin Streelman -1 (+3)

The Early Rounds

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson celebrates with a fist pump after making a birdie putt on the 9th hole as Padraig Harrington looks on during the second round of the PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 21, 2021, in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Keyur Khamar PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
Round 1

1. Corey Conners -5 (67)
2. Brooks Koepka -3 (69)
2. Viktor Hovland -3 (69)
2. Keegan Bradley -3 (69)
2. Aaron Wise -3 (69)
2. Sam Horsfield -3 (69)
2. Cameron Davis -3 (69)
8. Phil Mickelson -2 (70)

Round 2

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Phil Mickelson -5 (-3)
1. Louis Oosthuizen -5 (-4)
3. Brooks Koepka -4 (-1)

Round 3

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Phil Mickelson -7 (-3)
2. Brooks Koepka -6 (-2)
3. Louis Oosthuizen -5 (E)

WITB: Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the 15th tee during the second round of the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course on May 21, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Aside from his now famous Taylormade 2-wood, Phil Mickelson plays a full bag of Callaway golf gear, from an Epic Speed driver down to a Chrome Soft golf ball.

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed (9°)
2-Wood: TaylorMade ‘Original One’
Fairway: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5°)
Iron: Callaway X-Forges UT (16°)
Iron: Callaway X21 UT Proto (4)
Irons: Callaway Apex MB 21 (6-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 2.0 (54°, 60°, 64°)
Putter: Odyssey Versa Blade
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track

Mickelson’s 2021 PGA Championship Stats

Driving: 313.1 yards (15th)
Fairways: 31/56, 55.5% (58th)
Greens: 46/72, 63.9% (12th)
Putts/GIR: 1.652 (3rd)
Scores: 22 Birdies, 35 Pars, 14 Bogeys, 1 Double

Mickelson’s 2020-21 PGA Tour Season

Starts: 14
Cuts Made: 8
Wins: 1 (PGA Championship)
Top 10s: 0
Money: $2,324,508 (35th)
Points: 727 (44th)
OWGR Before/After: 116th/32nd

Mickelson’s Career Victories

PGA Tour: 45
1991 Northern Telecom Open
1993 Buick Invitational of California
1993 The International
1994 Mercedes Championships
1995 Northern Telecom Open
1996 Nortel Open
1996 Phoenix Open
1996 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1996 NEC World Series of Golf
1997 Bay Hill Invitational
1997 Sprint International
1998 Mercedes Championships
1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2000 Buick Invitational
2000 BellSouth Classic
2000 MasterCard Colonial
2000 The Tour Championship
2001 Buick Invitational
2001 Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
2002 Canon Greater Hartford Open
2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
2004 Masters Tournament
2005 FBR Open
2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2005 BellSouth Classic
2005 PGA Championship
2006 BellSouth Classic
2006 Masters Tournament
2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2007 The Players Championship
2007 Deutsche Bank Championship
2008 Northern Trust Open’
2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2009 Northern Trust Open
2009 WGC-CA Championship
2009 The Tour Championship
2010 Masters Tournament
2011 Shell Houston Open
2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
2013 The Open Championship
2018 WGC-Mexico Championship
2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am
2021 PGA Championship

Question For Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson Wins 2021 PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson celebrates on the 18th green after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

Q. We’ve watched you transform your body over the years. You have talked this week about transforming your mind in terms of focus. You already have a Hall-of-Fame career. What is it in you that continues to chase greatness and execute the way that you just did today?

PHIL MICKELSON: I just love this game of golf, and I love what I do, and I love the challenge of competing against such great players. I mean, what an incredible competitor and tough player Brooks Koepka is, and to have a chance to play in the final group with him was an exceptional honor.

It’s been really fun for me to see his development. I remember playing a practice round with him in 2013 at Oak Hill PGA Championship, first time we ever played together, and seeing the way his game has developed, and what a tough player he is. It was a really difficult task for me to go head-to-head and come out on top and I’m appreciative of the opportunity.

More to come…

Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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