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List of oldest golf major-championship winners now begins with Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson, 2021 PGA Championship winner
Phil Mickelson on the 16th green during Round 4 of the PGA Championship. Picture Scott Halleran / All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Scott Halleran)

Phil Mickelson made history at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah, becoming the oldest major champion in golf history. It was truly one for the books, as Mickelson fended off four-time major winner Brooks Koepka and former British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen to win by two shots at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.

Mickelson also broke the "50-year-old threshold," as he became the the first player age 50 or older to win a major title. Here's an updated list of oldest major champions in golf history.

Oldest men's major-championship winners

1. Phil Mickelson, 2021 PGA Championship, 50 years, 11 months, 7 days
2. Julius Boros, 1968 PGA Championship, 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
3. Tom Morris Sr., 1867 British Open, 46 years, 3 months, 10 days
4. Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters, 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
5. Jerry Barber, 1961 PGA Championship, 45 years, 3 months, 6 days
6. Hale Irwin, 1990 U.S. Open, 45 years, 14 days
7. Lee Trevino, 1984 PGA Championship, 44 years, 8 months, 18 days
8. Roberto De Vicenzo, 1967 British Open, 44 years, 3 months, 1 day
9. Harry Vardon, 1914 British Open, 44 years, 1 month, 10 days
10. Ray Floyd, 1986 U.S. Open, 43 years, 9 months, 1 day
11. Ted Ray, 1920 U.S. Open, 43 years, 4 months, 16 days

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