Phil Mickelson is the fourth golfer to have managed to establish himself on the PGA Tour in four different decades: before him only Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd and Davis Love III have made it. Full loot for the player from San Diego who goes from 115 / a to 32 / a position in the world ranking and from 168 / a to 45 / a in the FedEx Cup.
The success has also earned him $ 2,160,000 against a prize pool total of 12,000,000. And now Mickelson dreams of crowning the Grand Slam to make his career unique. The USGA just ten days ago granted him a special exemption to play the US Open in his city of San Diego from June 17-20.
Mickelson dreams of the feat to reach Woods, Nicklaus, Player in the myth. And about Tiger Woods, the American golfer prised Mickelson, who was the protagonist of an historical achievement. In South Carolina, Phil Mickelson, with a total of 282 shots won the 103rd edition of the PGA Championship becoming the oldest winner of a Grand Slam tournament at 50 years, 11 months and 7 days.
The Californian surpassed the previous record of Julius Boros, king of the PGA Championship in 1968 at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days. On Kiawah Island, against all odds and after a tournament that saw him as protagonist from start to finish, the southpaw from San Diego overcame the competition of two other Major champions.
"It's a fantastic success, I don't think I've ever experienced anything like it. I believed and hoped that anything could be possible. I hope to be a source of inspiration for many, I have made many sacrifices but it was really worth it.
I love this sport and I love to compete with such strong players," said Mickelson at the end of the tournament. "Seeing you win at 50 is really inspiring. Congratulations. You are a formidable ambassador of this sport, a timeless champion," wrote Woods on Twitter.
Rory McIlroy doesn't approve the new Premier Golf League
"I am definitely against it and this story is a perfect reminder of what happened in the world of football. This is just an economic project that aims to make the players as much money as possible.
If there is someone who has this goal, they can choose this path easily," said Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy thus reiterates his no to the Premier Golf League. "I think this project is really interesting and certainly deserves to be evaluated carefully"
This is the position of Phil Mickelson who in the past had already winked at the Premier Golf League which aims to take the limelight from 2022. The opinion of Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy is diametrically opposed. "I don't know how this story will end - the statements of Thomas, world number 2 - but my intention is to go back to being the best player, win as many majors as possible and do historic things on the PGA Tour"
These are the positions of some stars about nascent Premier Golf League (PGL) which, through a Saudi fund, would be ready to put 1 billion dollars to convince many big names to leave the traditional circuits to embark on a new adventure.
The Premier Golf League (PGL), with the support of a Saudi fund, returns to undermine the safety of the most important men's green circuits. Immediate reaction of the PGA Tour which, as has already happened in football with FIFA and Uefa, imposes a hard line.
"Anyone who decides to enter this circuit will be suspended immediately and will risk the definitive expulsion from the top American tour." This is the position expressed by Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour.
The Premier Golf League would have put $ 1 billion on the table to convince 40-50 players to embark on a new adventure. Which covers 18 events around the world with mind-boggling bags. The goal is to take the stage as early as 2022.