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Phil Mickelson as he hoists the trophy for the 2021 PGA Championship. Photo credit: Screen shot, @PGATour, via Twitter

San Diego’s Phil Mickelson added another feather to his cap Sunday, as he won the PGA Championship, becoming the oldest winner of a major title in golf.

Mickelson, 50, ended this final round of play at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina with a 73, +1.

In the first three rounds, he shot:

  • Round 1: 70, -2
  • Round 2: 69, -3
  • Round 3: 70, -2

Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka finished behind Mickelson, tied for second.

The previous oldest player to capture a major was Julius Boros, 48, who won the 1968 PGA Championship, according to the Associated Press.

With the victory, Mickelson logged his second PGA Championship. He last won in 2005. It was also his sixth major championship.

In his last major, the 2021 Masters in April, he finished 21st.

“This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn’t,” Mickelson told the AP.

The report compared his feat to that of Tom Brady, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in February at the age of 43.

Mickelson, the AP noted, also is the first golfer in PGA history to win titles separated by 30 years. He won his first in 1991 while enrolled at Arizona State.

Yet it has not been easy for him of late. As ESPN reported, he hadn’t won a title in two years or a major since 2013. Since September, he had missed six cuts and failed to reach the top 20 when he did make it. He also dropped from the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

He finished out of the top 50 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January.

He even, according to the AP, had to seek an exemption to play at the U.S. Open, set for Torrey Pines in June.

Perhaps that’s why the celebration was so sweet as Mickelson found himself swallowed by a throng of fans Sunday.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience like that, so thank you for that,” the AP reported that Mickelson said at the trophy ceremony. “Slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome.”