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By : BGA
Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest man at the age of 50 and 11 months to win a PGA Championship.
In a roller-coaster battle with Brooks Koepka the lead change hands in the opening holes in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Mickleson started with an opening bogey while Koepka started with a birdie which gave him a one shot lead.
On the next hole Mickleson bounced back with a birdie while Koepka made a double bogey which handed the lead straight back to Mickelson.
That was the last time Mickelson would lose the lead and no one from the field really challenged him in the end.
He walked onto the 18th hole with a two shot lead. Only Koepka could have caught him but a driver down the fairway and an iron into 15 feet sealed it for him. When he tapped in for par records had been broken and Mickelson was his 6th major championship.
“It's very possible that this is the last tournament I ever win,” he said. “Like if I'm being realistic. But it's also very possible that I may have had a little bit of a breakthrough in some of my focus and maybe I go on a little bit of a run, I don't know. But the point is that there's no reason why I or anybody else can't do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work.”
“Certainly, one of the moments I'll cherish my entire life,” he said. “I don't know how to describe the feeling of excitement and fulfillment and accomplishment to do something when – you know, of this magnitude – when very few people thought that I could.”
“You guys probably wouldn't be able to see it because we haven't been able to put it together for more than one round,” Tim Mickelson said, “but we all knew it was there, and he actually had told me three weeks ago, I think it was right after Charlotte, he said, ‘I am going to win again soon.’ I just said, ‘Well, let's just make sure we're in contention on a Sunday.’
“I was trying to downplay the situation,” he continued, “but he said he was going to win again soon, and sure enough, obviously it worked.”