PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson plans to bypass June 3-6 Memorial Tournament
Golf fans hoping to spy 50-year-old Phil Mickelson at the upcoming Memorial Tournament likely are out of luck, as Mickelson plans to skip the June 3-6 PGA Tour event in Dublin for the first time since 2013.
After winning the PGA Championship on Sunday to become the oldest player to win a major, Mickelson said he would take two weeks off before the U.S. Open, held June 17-20 at Torrey Pines, located near Mickelson's hometown of San Diego.
He later told The Golf Channel he plans to play The Charles Schwab Challenge this week in Fort Worth, Texas, before taking his two-week break.
If Mickelson would happen to change his mind — one of his main sponsors, WorkDay, becomes the Memorial's title sponsor in 2022 — he has until the entry deadline at 5 p.m. Friday.
Mickelson's best finish in 20 Memorial appearances was a tie for fourth in 2006. Last year, he tied for 54th, which typified his struggles.
Until Sunday, he had won only twice on the PGA Tour since winning the 2013 British Open, the last victory coming at Pebble Beach in 2019, and had missed the cut five times in his previous 15 majors, including his previous two PGA Championships.
Mickelson entered as a 200-1 long shot to win the 2021 PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, but kept his driver under control and relied on his impressive shot-making around the greens to win by two shots over Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka.
The last major won by someone even close to as old as Mickelson, who turns 51 next month, was Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48.
Mickelson became the first player in PGA Tour history to win tournaments 30 years apart. The first of his 45 titles was in 1991, when he was still a junior at Arizona State.
Mickelson joined Tiger Woods — who sent a tweet of congratulations — among the 10 players who’ve won majors in three decades.
“It’s very possible that this is the last tournament I ever win. Like if I’m being realistic,” Mickelson said. “But it’s also very possible that I may have had a little bit of a breakthrough in some of my focus, and maybe I go on a little bit of a run.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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