Big Phil is the US PGA Champion 2021 ⛳

History in the making

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Let me start off this post by saying I had ruled out Phil for ever winning another major championship. I figured that he was too old and too reckless to feature again, especially given the talents and ability of the latest crop of golfers. Guys like Zalatoris and Hovland come straight out of college and feel that they are ready to compete with the best in the world straight away. Indeed they've proven just that and are two golfers who I believe will win a fair few majors over the next twenty years.

Age usually matters in golf

You'll notice I didn't say 25 or 30 years above, as major wins are like hens teeth, when a golfer reaches the age of 45 and nobody older than 48 has ever won a major championship, that is until today. Who better to break that record than the very likeable Phil Mickelson. He didn't exactlly make it easy for himself, but he has now won the famous Wanamaker Trophy for a second time. He was 34 years old when he won his first US PGA title and had you asked him then if he could win this competition at 50+, even he would have laughed with a shake of the head. Young men win this tournament typically, let's look at the most recent 5 winners to demonstrate just that.

2020 PGA champion Collin Morikawa 23 years old

2019 PGA champion Brooks Kopeka 29 years old

2018 PGA champion Brooks Kopeka 28 years old

2017 PGA champion Justin Thomas 23 years old

2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker 37 years old

Guys in their 40s don't often feature, and guys north of 50 are typically just nostalgic also rans. Not so this week. Phil didn’t just creep into contention either, he's been up near the top of the leaderboard since day one.

Turning point

There was lots of to and fro in the early stages of this ding dong battle of the Americans. Koepka started of hot with a birdie, but it was this chip in birdie from the bunker on 5 that really set the atmosphere for Phil Mickelson.

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From then on he never really looked like getting caught. His lead was 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 shots, but he never looked like he was going to panick, even when he made those bogeys. 2021 was going to be Big Phil's year and nobody was going to stand in his way. I'm delighted for Phil. He is an absolute gentleman and only Jack Nicklaus has finished 2nd more times than Phil, so he has had his fair share of bad luck down through the years.

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Phil has been relaxed all week and it is certainly a very different Phil than we have been used to watching in recent years. He goes for everything usually and while that can be really entertaining, it rarely translates to a good score. It can mean a great Thursday score and then the wheels come off on Friday or Saturday. Phil didn’t read the script this time however. He was a beacon of calm, always looking to be in full control of his emotions. Well done Big Phil. Im delighted for you. Here's his finishing putts in case you missed them.

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Celebrating with his manager

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Winner's circle

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Final standings

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I was delighted to see my two countrymen Harrington and Lowry going close here both finishing on -3 and a tie for fourth place. They'll both be delighted with that I reckon.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

Peace Out

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What a weekend! I have a love-hate relationship with Phil due to the rivalry with Ernie Els long ago. And this week again, US vs SA, Phil vs. Louis. Even though Louis did not play well, you cannot blame me for rooting for my home country! Two years ago with Tiger's win at the masters, the same thing happened: Consistency beat the rest of the field. Phil played some incredible golf under immense pressure. What a weekend of golf!

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Ah ok, that's understandable...

I actually like him, seems like a nice man who gives people the time of day, without a huge ego... that's just the sense I get, the reality could be very different..

I got it completely wrong, i thought Phil would never win another major, but its great for golf that he did. It gives many others some hope. He certainly doesn't swing or look like a 50 year old man!

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He looks very good and I agree with you. His swing is so good and consistent.

It is great for golf, especially with Tiger winning the Masters and now Phil with the PGA. It shows that pressure gets to these young new players, or even more experienced players like Louis.

Zalatoris had some good puts, as I remember you were vouching for him? Putting is key, and I think with some stress and pressure a lot of good putts don't always fall. Look at Louis. The two first holes on Sunday should have been birdies. But we will see! Hopefully the next majors and big events will also be fun to watch!

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Ya, I'm delighted for both Phil and Tiger and I must admit I had written both of them off. With their respective resurgences, I can see both winning another major, which is brilliant. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Phil finally win a US Open and complete the career grand slam.

You're so right about the putting. You've got to be loose and natural to get the most out of the flat stick.

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I am rooting for big Phil to complete the grand slam! That would be a wonderful watch. Let's that next year we are in for a surprise.

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Defo 👍

He could be liable to shoot an 80 on Thursday or Friday though!!

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