Phil Mickelson’s majors timeline: Here’s his last major win, PGA Championship history and more
Phil Mickelson won his sixth major tournament on Sunday at the 2021 PGA Championship.
The win is Lefty’s first since 2013, and his first at the PGA Championship since 2005. It also marks the PGA Championship as just the second major event he has won more than once (the other being the Masters Tournament).
Mickelson (6 under for the tournament) birdied five holes and bogeyed six to finish the round at 1 over on Sunday, but still managed to hold off his closest competition in Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen (4 under). By the time Mickelson approached the green on 18, the crowd turned into a mob clamoring to see him make history as golf’s oldest major winner.
He didn’t disappoint.
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The win is arguably the greatest achievement of Mickelson’s storied career. With that, here’s a look back at his major tournament history:
Mickelson has won a total of five major tournaments. Those are:
Mickelson’s last major victory prior to the 2021 PGA Championship was the 2013 Open Championship, his only victory in the tournament (held that year at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland). He won by three strokes over second-place finisher Henrik Stenson.
Yes. Prior to the 2021 tournament, Mickelson also won the 2005 PGA Championship. He finished 4 under for the tournament, one shot ahead of second-place finishers Thomas Bjørn and Steve Elkington.
Below is his round-by-round score on the par-70 course at Baltusrol Golf Club Lower Course in Springfield, N.J.:
The only major Mickelson has yet to win is the U.S. Open, where in 29 appearances he has 10 top-10 finishes, including six finishes of second or tied for second. The closest he came to winning the tournament was in 2006, when a double bogey on the 72nd hole put him at 6 over for the tournament — one shot behind that year’s winner, Geoff Ogilvy, who watched from the clubhouse.
Here are his 10 best showings at the event, including score:
Mickelson has played in at least one of golf’s four major tournaments every year since 1990, when he finished tied for 29th in the U.S. Open. He did not play a full major slate until 1995, when he finished tied for seventh at the Masters; tied for fourth at the U.S. Open; tied for 40th at the Open Championship; and failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship.
Mickelson won his first major at the 2004 Masters, followed by first-place finishes at the 2005 PGA Championship and 2006 Masters. He did not win another major until the 2010 Masters, then won his third different major event in the 2013 Open Championship. His next major victory came eight years later, at the 2021 PGA Championship.
In all, he has 39 top-10 finishes in major events: 15 at the Masters, 10 at the U.S. Open, 10 at the PGA Championship and four at the Open Championship.
His most successful major easily has been the Masters, where he finished no worse than 10th and won three tournaments from 2000-10. His single-most successful major season was in 2004, when he won the Masters, finished second at the U.S. Open, finished third at the Open Championship and tied for sixth at the PGA Championship.
Below is a rundown of each of his major victories, including the winning score to par and margin of victory:
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