Todd Kelly, Golfweek Published 3:11 p.m. MT May 24, 2021
What will Phil do next?
A major championship victory that no one saw coming is still fresh in the minds of golf fans as Phil Mickelson has added a second PGA Championship to his resume. He ties Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo with six career majors.
By no one saw coming, consider Lefty’s odds before the first round at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course were 200-1.
As to what he will do next, first things first. He’s entered in this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Ft. Worth, Texas. Then he’ll take two weeks off in preparation for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in his hometown of San Diego. Mickelson recently accepted a special invitation from the U.S. Golf Association into the national championship but now he doesn’t need it.
Remember: The U.S. Open is the one major Mickelson needs to complete the career grand slam. Also remember: Mickelson has six runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open, the most of anyone. And also remember: Mickelson grew up playing Torrey Pines. There may not be anyone more familiar with the surroundings in La Jolla than him.
What made the PGA Championship even more special for Mickelson was having his younger brother Tim serving as his caddie. Tim, who calls caddying for his brother his third career, was the men’s golf coach at the University of San Diego for eight years. Later, he took over at Phil’s alma mater, Arizona State, from 2011 to 2016. Tim left to become an agent when his star player Jon Rahm turned pro. Tim served in that role for 17 months until Phil and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay split in June 2017 after 25 years of working together. What began on an interim basis became official several months later and together they have won five times together – three on the PGA Tour and two on the PGA Tour Champions.
“As much as the fans want it, I want it more for my brother,” Tim said after the second round. “I see how hard he works, not just at tournaments. When he’s home, he’s playing every day. So, I see how much he wants it, and I want to do anything I can to help him have that.”
By the numbers
50 years, 11 months, 7 days: Mickelson is the oldest to win a major.
30 years, 4 months, 10 days: Time between Mickelson’s first PGA Tour win and this PGA, the longest stretch between wins by a player in Tour history.
45: Career wins, making him the ninth golfer to win that many times. He’s now tied for eighth all-time in PGA Tour wins.
14: Mickelson is the 14th player to win at least six career majors.
4: Mickelson is the fourth golfer to win in four different decades, joining Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd, Davis Love III.
197: Career top-10s for Mickelson. Tiger Woods leads this category with 199.
Anawin Pikulthong won the Golfweek West Coast Junior Open a year ago with rounds of 69-64. He did the same thing on Sunday at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa. Pikulthong, a junior at Chandler Hamilton, finished 11 under and ran away with the boys title. Charlie Allen was second at even, Blake Hammarstrom and Camden Braidech tied for third at 3 over, while Colton Cherry was fifth at 5 over.
Pikulthong is committed to Arizona State. Also one year ago, Ashley Menne claimed the title in the girls division at Southern Dunes. But on Sunday, as Menne was leading her Arizona State team up the leaderboard at the NCAA Women’s Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Gracie McGovern was winning the West Coast Junior girls division by eight shots over Annie Dawson and Samantha Olson, who tied for second at 2 over.
“I’m really excited and all that hard work and dedication has paid off,” McGovern said. “Even though it was hot, I just tried to remain focused and calm.”
The Scottsdale Chaparral freshman shot a bogey-free 67 in the final round.
Golfweek’s Adam Schupak and Julie Williams contributed to this article.