Phil Mickelson put in a stunning display to win the 2021 PGA Championship on Sunday night.
In the sporting story of the year and perhaps the last decade, the 50-year-old became the oldest-ever major winner as he claimed his second PGA Championship and sixth career major to clinch the trophy at Kiawah Island.
In a sport where longevity plays a greater role than any other major sport, Phil Mickelson placed his name alongside Julius Boros as the only player to win a major past the age of 50.
With six majors to his name, only Tiger Woods have won more in the last 40 years. With this victory, he has climbed out of Woods‘ shadow to establish himself as one of the greatest of all time.
With rivals Brooks Koepka struggling to keep their composure on the longest course in major championship history, Mickelson was a picture of calm throughout, chewing gum as he moved serenely around the course.
With a five-shot lead heading into the last hours, three bogeys did little to dampen the mood around the course.
His last PGA Championship victory, which came in 2005, was met with polite applause. Not here, as a stunning atmosphere greeted Mickelson, on the day when he wrote his name into golfing legend.