For a sport known to be quite demure, the scenes from the recent U.S. PGA Championship were anything but reserved. When Phil Mickelson made his last putt, the crowds erupted. There were tears, exuberant cries of joy and euphoria. For anyone who witnessed people or at home, it was clear that this was a time they would live in this sport. It was, after all, historic.
Few could have anticipated that Mickelson would get the win, but the golfer is always looking to challenge the odds. He held his nerve during one of the most difficult and competitive courses to play a final round 73 and be crowned winner of the PGA Championship. In doing so, Mickelson becomes the oldest male main winner, beating Julius Boros who won the 1968 PGA at the age of 48.
Mickelson said of his victory: “It is very possible that this will be the last tournament I win. As if realistic. But it’s also very possible that I’ve had some progress in some of my concentrations and maybe keep running a bit, I don’t know. But the point is, there is no reason why I or anyone else can’t do it later. It just takes a little more work. ”
In earning the victory, Mickelson adds another PGA title to a growing collection. He won the PGA in 2005, and has six majors in his name, in addition to 45 PGA Tour victories. In an already long and illustrious career, this victory stands out among others as something profound and memorable, extending beyond the realm of golf to become an inspirational story for anyone who he has feared it would be too late to pursue his dreams.
“Definitely one of the moments I’ll love all my life,” Mickelson said. “I don’t know how to describe the feeling of excitement, accomplishment and accomplishment to do something when – you know, of that magnitude – when very few people thought I could.”
Reflecting on the journey and what he achieved, Mickelson said, “I just thought it was possible, but I still said no. I hope others find that inspiration. It may take a little extra work, a little harder effort to physically maintain or maintain the skills, but hey, it’s worth it in the end. ”He added,“ I love this game of golf. I love what I do and I love the challenge of competing against these players.
Now, Mickelson will be touring the US Open in Torrey Pines next month. While many scoffed at his desire to compete, we can only hope that he continues his impressive career for Mickelson and can win the Grand Slam race that dodged him.