This past weekend’s PGA Championship was everything golf fans wanted in the year’s 2nd major. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, one of Pete Dye’s most prized developments and who also played host to the very same tournament back in 2012 when Rory McIlroy captured the Wannamaker Trophy, was tuned up just right to give the field a worthy challenge for the crown in 2021.
Fans and players both expected pristine conditions, high winds coming off the Atlantic, fast greens and healthy competition, but what no one expected was to see 50 year old, five time major champion Phil Mickelson rise to the top of the leaderboard. Phil became the oldest major champion in history, posting a 6-under for the weekend, edging out Brooks Koepka and Louis Oothuizen by who strokes to hoist the coveted trophy on Sunday. Later next month, (June) Phil will be pursuing the elusive career grand slam when he tees it up in his hometown San Diego for the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines South, where he no loner needs the USGA exemption to participate after winning the PGA Championship.
Another great story from the weekend at Kiawah was of course Harry Higgs, golf’s newest phenomena. In his first ever major championship appearance, Higgs tied for 4th place (-2), cashed a half a million dollar check and got invited to Augusta for the 2022 Masters. Titos and water, anyone?
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