Golf makes you a senior at age 50 and so Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship, a major, at age 50, as a senior, the oldest ever, all that.
It truly is amazing in historical context considering the 100 years or so of golf competition in the United States.
Of course 50 is young compared to other walks of life, yet pretty old in the sports world, and we are talking sports here.
I found his win inspiring, though I’m 14-over Phil as in 64, and find myself happy when I finish 18 without injuring myself.
AGE 50 IS THE NEW 40 OR SOMETHING
When Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at age 46 that seemed amazing, but that was now a long time ago and well 56 became the new 46 along the way me thinks. Or at least that’s what I’m told.
Phil could win more majors. He just earned his way into five years more of all of them via exemptions. He will have plenty of chances and the fact he can still pound 350-yard drives on occasion is the most impressive thing.
I’m betting Phil’s win has inspired Tiger Woods, too. If and when he can recover from the car accident, Tiger has to be thinking about winning majors until he is 50 and beyond. After all, if Phil can do it, who would really bet against Tiger doing it? He’s 45 after all. Could he have shots at majors until age 50 and beyond?
THAT TIGER MAJOR CHASE IS STILL ON
Yes, it looks that way to me. That Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors is still not unreachable, and Phil’s win makes it seem more that way.
First, you know if he can physically get to work and practice, Tiger will do the work.
You know he thinks of majors as his true wins.
You know he will still think he can win at 60.
HEY, HOGAN DID IT
We don’t know much about his injuries, though we do know Ben Hogan came back from serious car accident injuries and won majors, a famous one at Oakland Hills in fact. It was the U.S. Open and he famously dubbed Oakland Hills the Monster while beating it.
Hogan found reasons to keep going. Tiger will find them, too. It’s what the great ones do, and we can include Phil in there. He’s not quite in the Tiger Hogan legend area yet, but he will keep trying.
Good playing Lefty.
Tiger, what’s up?
Mickelson photo from USA Today