Monday, May 24, 2021
Triumph in South Carolina
Mickelson breaks ancient record
When the previous record was set, US golf pro Mickelson was not yet born. With his victory at Kiawah Island, he is now the oldest major tournament winner. On the one hand, that brings almost two million dollars in prize money – but also the frenetic cheers of the fans.
Phil Mickelson made golf history. With his triumph at the 103rd PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, the 50-year-old veteran from California is now the oldest winner of a major tournament. Mickelson replaced the American Julius Boros, who was 48 years old when he won the PGA Championship in 1968, as the record holder.
Mickelson played a round of 73 on the difficult par-72 course on the Atlantic coast on the final day and won with a total of 282 strokes in front of the two-time PGA champion and two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka from the USA and the South African Louis Oosthuizen (both 284 strokes). Mickelson was enthusiastically celebrated by the 10,000 fans who were allowed to visit the facility after the Corona easing.
For the US star, it is the sixth success in a major tournament. He won the Masters three times (2004, 2006, 2010), once the British Open (2013) and twice the PGA Championship (2005, 2021). It is also his 45th victory on the US tour, for which he received a good two million dollars (1.64 million euros) in prize money and the Wanamaker Trophy.
Germany’s top golfer Martin Kaymer failed after only two rounds at the cut in the tournament, which was endowed with around twelve million US dollars (9.85 million euros), and was eliminated prematurely. In 2010 the golf professional from Mettmann won his first of two major titles at the PGA Championship.