Ranking: Phil Mickelson (-6), Louis Oosthuizen (-4), Brooks Koepka (-4), Shane Lowry (-2), Padraig Harrington (-2), Harry Higgs (-2), Paul Casey (-2)
How did it happen: After the first hole, which Mickelson bogeyed and Koepka birdied, it looked like Koepka would soon be on track to tie Mickelson’s five major titles. But Mickelson didn’t back down and captured his sixth. While many expected the 50-year-old to end up sidelining in the middle of a new wind direction on Sunday and spitting out the Wanamaker Trophy, Mickelson instead remained robust, nullifying three bogeys in his first seven. holes with three birdies, and watching Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and others retreat.
Koepka doubled the second par-5, and after playing par-5s for 9s in the first three rounds, he had 3 on those holes in the final round. A slipped for par at No.11 officially dashed Koepka’s hopes of victory. Oosthuizen then went within three shots after a birdie at No.12, but then landed a double bogey after hitting his third shot into the water at par 4 13e. Mickelson led by five shots after that water ball, and despite a splash at No.13 of his own, Mickelson never led by less than two.
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Oosthuizen missed an eagle putt at par 5 16e that would have taken him to one shot, and moments later, Mickelson bombed the longest run of the week at No.16, 366 yards, to set up another birdie and come back to three free shots. A bogey-par finish – and a close of 1 in 73 – was good enough, as Mickelson closed the win with a massive crowd around the green.
What this means: Mickelson is now the longest-serving big winner in the history of the sport, supplanting Julius Boros, who won the PGA in 1968 at the age of 48. Mickelson’s triumph was even more surprising given that he had basically done nothing in majors since his runner-up to Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship and, at No.115 in the world rankings, he needed a special exemption to participate. at the US Open next month at Torrey Pines. Now, of course, he’s now at least in the next five US Open after that win.
Tour of the day: More like the tour of the week. Abraham Ancer carded seven birdies, no bogeys, and shot 65 to earn a T-8, his first major top-10.
Plan of the day: Mickelson was hanging on to a one-shot lead when he found the sand off the tee at the fifth par 3. But he pierced the bunker shot and delivered the iconic image of this championship, a putter raise, and never looked back.
The biggest disappointment: It’s hard to say that Koepka given that many have counted him this week due to a knee injury, and there are plenty of other contenders, but if you consider who will be the craziest coming out of Kiawah on Sunday night , there is no doubt that Koepka after his 74 and co-finalist.