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Phil Mickelson adds to his golf legend at 2021 PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson at 2021 PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Resort's Ocean Course.

With PGA Championship as his age-defying 6th major title, Mickelson joins elite company in golf’s record books

In winning the 103rd PGA Championship on Sunday for his sixth major title, Phil Mickelson elevated himself even higher among the world’s all-time greatest golfers.

Mickelson, at age 50 years, 11 months and 7 days, became the oldest player to win a major championship. Julius Boros was 48 years and 4 months old when he won the 1968 PGA.

The victory, the 45th of his career on the PGA Tour, also tied Mickelson with Walter Hagen for No. 8 on the PGA Tour’s all-time victories list. With sixth major championships, Mickelson ranks tied for 12th on the all-time list for golf’s top prizes, with Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino.

Mickelson won his first PGA Tour title in 1991, at the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Ariz., while he still was an amateur. That was 30 years, 4 months and 10 days ago, according to the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Mickelson becomes only the fourth player to win PGA Tour events in four decades, joining Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd and Davis Love III. About the only things that Mickelson has not done in golf: win a U.S. Open, which would complete the career Grand Slam, and be ranked No. 1 in the world (he got as high as No. 2).

Here is a snapshot of Mickelson’s career:

Born: June 16, 1970 in San Diego
College: Arizona State
NCAA titles: 3 (1990, 1991, 1992)
Key amateur titles: 1990 U.S. Amateur, 1991 Western Amateur
Turned pro: 1992
PGA Tour victories: 45, which is tied for eighth on the all-time list
Major championships: 6 (2004 Masters, 2005, PGA, 2006 Masters, 2010 Masters, 2013 British Open, 2021 PGA), which is tied for 12th on the all-time list
Ryder Cups: 12
Presidents Cups: 12
World Golf Hall of Fame member: Inducted in 2012

More Morning Read Sunday coverage from 2021 PGA Championship:

Phil Mickelson wins PGA -- is this his greatest thrill?
Mickelson adds to his legend with 6th major, 2nd PGA
Runners-up lament what might've been
List of oldest major champions now begins with Phil
Photos: A Sunday like no other at Kiawah
Final purse, prize money and payouts from 2021 PGA Championship

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