PGA Championship final leaderboard
-6 P Mickelson (US); -4 B Koepka (US), Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -2 S Lowry (Ire), P Harrington (Ire), H Higgs (US), P Casey (Eng)
Selected others: -1 C Morikawa (US), J Rahm (Spa), J Rose (Eng), R Fowler (US), T Finau (US); EVS P Reed (US), C Conners (Can); +1 H Matsuyama (Jap); +2 J Spieth (US); +5 R McIlroy (NI)
Lefty writes history
Spectators crowded around Mickelson – known as lefty – as he marched on to the 18th green with victory all but secured. Lefty’s aggressive tee-shots, majestic iron shots and short-game have been immense all week. On the 5th, Mickelson chipped in from the bunker for birdie, only to bogey the 6th. One hole later, a birdie for him, and a bogey for playing partner Brooks Koepka gave Mickelson a two-shot lead.
Going into the back nine, Mickelson needed to play well, and he started with a fantastic tee-shot, pinpoint iron, and easy putt for birdie. His nearest rivals, Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen, both bogeyed the same hole, giving Mickelson a four shot lead. Back to back bogeys on the 13th and 14th cut the lead in half once again.
The 18th tee-shot was a wayward one from Mickelson, but typical of the week, he hit a magnificent iron shot to claim a historic victory.
Experience over youth
The final leaderboard at the PGA Championship was a very interesting one, with many of the “old timers” finishing in the top 20. Louis Oosthuizen, 38, Justin Rose, 40, Paul Casey, 43, and Padraig Harrington, 49, all showed the youngsters how it is done. In fact, the only players still in their 20’s to finish in the top fifteen were Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris (both 24) and 29-year-old Harry Higgs.
Can Phil claim the career Grand Slam?
Winning all four golf majors is an incredible achievement, and one that only five golfers – Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods – have ever done. After claiming the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson will likely be one of the favourites at next month’s US Open.
The only major missing from Mickelson’s cabinet, which will take place at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson has won on three occasions.
There is no doubt that Phil Mickelson will have many supporters willing him on, and if playing at a similar level, Lefty will be right in the mix.