Phil Mickelson became the oldest man to win a major title as he claimed the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island amid extraordinary scenes as thousands of fans swarmed on to the final fairway to witness the winning moment.
It was a throwback victory for 50-year-old Mickelson and a reminder of what sport has been missing in the absence of crowds during the Covid-19 pandemic. Spectators swamped the American as he marched up to the 18th green on his way to clinching a sixth major title, eight years after his last.
He finished two clear of fellow American Brooks Koepka, who closed with a 74, and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who signed for a 73. Mickelson takes the record of the oldest major winner from Julius Boros, who won this title in 1968 at the age of 48 and also joins England’s Sir Nick Faldo and American Lee Trevino as a six-time major winner.
Only 11 male players have won more. He will now be among the favorites at next month’s US Open, the only major he needs to become the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam. It is being held near his home in San Diego at Torrey Pines, a course on which he has won three titles.