Fairy tales do happen in sports and over the decades, there have been plenty of examples. From teens winning major trophies to unfancied teams claiming titles, remarkable sporting successes never fail to make an impression on sports fans and leave lasting memories. Now, add American golfer and Rolex Testimonee Phil Mickelson's triumph at the 103rd PGA Championship in May to the list. With that, the 50-year-old becomes the oldest winner in major championship history. Mickelson's sixth career major victory is particularly significant because Lefty–as he is affectionately nicknamed after his left-handed swing—has been experiencing some lean years on the PGA Tour since clinching his last major victory in 2013 at the Open Championship held in Muirfield, Scotland.
But what transpired on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a demonstration of his talent and accuracy as well as determination and resilience—attributes that are in line with Rolex’s pursuit of perpetual excellence in its watchmaking and all other endeavours. By lifting iconic Wanamaker Trophy for the second time in his career, Mickelson, who won the same tournament in 2005, joins an elite group of players to have won the PGA Championship more than once including Rolex Testimonees Gary Player (1962, 1972), Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007) and Brooks Koepka (2018, 2019).
As the sporting fraternity continues to pay tribute to Lefty and his sublime performance at Kiawah Island, let us take a trip down memory lane to re-visit some of the most significant milestones in Mickelson's golfing career.
It might take a little bit of extra work, a little bit of harder effort to maintain physically or maintain the skills, but gosh, is it worth it in the end, and I am so appreciative to be holding this Wanamaker Trophy
— American golfer and Rolex Testimonee Phil Mickelson on winning the 2021 PGA Championship