Phil Mickelson spoke with the CEO of the PGA of America and he decided to defend his title at the PGA Championship in less than two weeks.
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Seth Waugh said it this week on the 5 Clubs Conversation podcast.
“I’ve had a number of conversations with him before, you know, call it, last fall and since then and recently. I think he, you know, he is you said it well, I think he’s trying to figure out when the right time for him is.
I think the game is trying to figure out the right time for him, too. How long is long enough? And is he ready mentally and physically to do it?”. Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American golfer. He is one of the best players of his generation and has won six major major tournaments: three times the Masters (in 2004, 2006 and 2010), two the PGA Championship (in 2005 and 2021) and once The Open Championship in the edition of the 2013.
He is one of 13 players in golf history to have won at least 3 of the 4 majors and has also finished six times in second place in the US Open Championship but never managed to win this tournament. With his victory in his second PGA Championship on May 23, 2021, he became, at 50, 11 months and 8 days, the oldest player to take the lead in one of four major tournaments.
The exceptional performance on the Kiawah Island course - where he beat compatriot Bruce Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who were twenty years younger than his own, after an exciting three-way duel - came eight years after the last major won in 2013.
Mickelson, who had progressively slipped past the hundredth position in the world rankings, suddenly rose to number 32. Over the course of his almost thirty-year career he has been in the top 10 in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking for over 700 weeks, reaching the second place on several occasions, but never the first, in a period dominated by Tiger Woods, of which Michelson was one of the few rivals capable of putting him in trouble.