PGA Championship 2021: Phil Mickelson could join exclusive list of 13 golfers to win six major championships

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05-21-2021

Only 13 golfers in the history of of the sport have won six or more major championships, but Phil Mickelson has a chance to change that number at the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island this weekend. Mickelson shot 70-69 in his first two rounds at the PGA Championship to take a solo lead at the time he finished up on Friday. It's the first time in 22 years somebody age 50 or older has been in the top five going into the weekend at a PGA Championship. And now he'll call the action this weekend with Mickelson on the precipice of tying him up! Again, a lot can happen over 36 holes, but here's a look at the list of historic golfers Mickelson is trying to join -- starting at the top with Jack Nicklaus and Lefty's contemporary, Tiger Woods.

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Phil Mickelson's name belies the improbability of him contending at the 103rd PGA Championship. It's absurd that he played the back nine on Thursday in 32, and it's absurd that he played the front nine on Friday in 31. After he flirted with the lead early on Friday, hope seemed snuffed out with a bogey-bogey finish on Nos. We have recent evidence that Mickelson has amazing rounds still there -- somewhere in the depths of his fading, historic game. Of all the golfers who completed two rounds at the time Mickelson finished up on Friday morning, nobody was striking it better than Lefty was.

CBS SPORTS - 2021 PGA Championship scores: Phil Mickelson improbably remains in contention with 69 in Round 2 at Kiawah
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Phil Mickelson's name belies the improbability of him contending at the 103rd PGA Championship. It's absurd that he played the back nine on Thursday in 32, and it's absurd that he played the front nine on Friday in 31. After he flirted with the lead early on Friday, hope seemed snuffed out with a bogey-bogey finish on Nos. We have recent evidence that Mickelson has amazing rounds still there -- somewhere in the depths of his fading, historic game. Of all the golfers who completed two rounds at the time Mickelson finished up on Friday morning, nobody was striking it better than Lefty was.

NEW YORK POST - Phil Mickelson is doing the unthinkable at the PGA Championship
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Look who’s leading the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island: Phil Mickelson. Playing in the morning wave of tee times Friday, Mickelson shot a 3-under-par 69 to get to 5-under through 36 holes. Mickelson, who won the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol and is a five-time major winner, hasn’t had a top-10 finish in a major championship since his runner-up finish at the 2016 British Open. I’m excited for the weekend.’’Phil Mickelson takes a shot at the PGA Championship. “He’s still Phil Mickelson to me,’’ Smith said.

DAILY MAIL - Phil Mickelson on fire after classy second round at US PGA Championship
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On another wild day at the 103rd US PGA Championship, Mickelson followed up his opening round of 70 with a 69 to assume the 36-hole lead. Phil Mickelson took the 36-hole lead after a fine second round at the US PGA Championship‘He has the bit between his teeth and he believes he can do it in these conditions. Even second would be a disappointment to Phil.’Mickelson, for his part, gave a cute response when asked about his lofty status at halfway. As the day unfolded, there was barely a player ranked in the world’s top 20 within close proximity of Mickelson. From down among the strugglers at the start, he was up to tied second, and a sensational six under par.