Phil Mickelson Makes History At PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson Makes History At PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson Joint Lead PGA Championship
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Phil Mickelson made history at the PGA Championship on Friday, as he became the first player to hold a lead at a Major championship in the 1990's, 2000's, 2010's and 2020's.

Phil Mickelson Makes History At PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson, who looks to become the oldest ever Major champion (opens in new tab), produced a scintillating back nine, with five birdies putting him at five-under-par.

The American, who recently accepted a special exemption into the US Open (opens in new tab), hasn't won on the PGA Tour since the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Phil Mickelson Joint Lead PGA Championship

Mickelson's last Major victory came at the 2013 Open Championship. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Despite two wins on the Champions Tour, Mickelson (opens in new tab) has struggled for form of late, with his best finish coming at the Masters (T21).

However, five birdies in eight holes put the 50-year-old into the outright lead for the majority of the second round.

If Mickelson were to win, he would receive a five year exemption to the US Open, the only Major the American is yet to win.

Speaking after his round, Mickelson said: "It's really fun, obviously, to make a putt on the last hole, finish a round like that and then to have that type of support here has been pretty special. But it's been a lot of fun so far.

"I've been playing really well. I was a little shaky on 16, 17 and 18 with the putter, but I was able to make some adjustments and putt well on my back nine (the front) and made a lot of good putts on that side.

"The other thing, too, is my brother is doing a phenomenal job judging the wind, downwind, into the wind, and getting a good picture of how I need to flight it to get 20 yards of help.

"Making that type of adjustments is very difficult to do, and he's been doing a phenomenal job. We've been working very well together as a team, so we've been hitting a lot of clubs pin high."

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South African, Louis Oosthuizen (opens in new tab), who is without a win in the USA, briefly held the lead, before a bogey at the final hole put him back into a tie with Mickelson.

Four time Major champion, Brooks Koepka (opens in new tab), also enjoyed a mixed day at Kiawah Island, with two eagles and a birdie being mixed with four bogies.

The American, who has struggled with serious knee injuries (opens in new tab), remains just one shot behind the leaders as he remains in contention for his fifth Major title.

Players that would miss out on the weekend included world number one Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab), who also missed the cut at the Masters in April.

Phil Mickelson Joint Lead PGA Championship

Johnson missed the cut at the Masters. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The missed cut was the first time that Johnson had missed multiple cuts in the same year for the first time in 14 years of playing Major championships.

Players champion, Justin Thomas (opens in new tab), would also miss the cut, with his putt at the last hole failing to drop.

Other notable absentees from the weekend included: Xander Schauffele (opens in new tab), Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab) and Tommy Fleetwood.

Matt Cradock
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.