KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Phil Mickelson is the clubhouse leader at the PGA Championship -- a surprise given his recent form and struggles with numerous aspects of his game. The oldest player to win a major championship was Julius Boros, who was 48 when he captured the 1968 PGA Championship. Mickelson hit 11 of 14 fairways, a huge factor in his success on a course pounded by wind and causing all kinds of consternation. In conditions that would seemingly test that focus, Mickelson has prospered, despite slow starts. Mickelson has not had a top-10 at a major since he finished second to Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open 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.YAHOO - Jon Rahm pokes fun at Phil Mickelson after Lefty's stellar Day 1 finish at PGA
As Jon Rahm described the difficult conditions Thursday at the PGA Championship, he couldn’t help but take a playful shot at one of his peers in the group ahead. “Hey, Phil shot 4 under on the back nine, so anything is possible,” quipped Rahm, who put together an uneventful even-par 72 that featured just two birdies and two bogeys split evenly between the Ocean Course’s two nines. Of course, that’s relative to the wild opening round that belonged to Phil Mickelson. The 50-year-old lefty bested Rahm by two shots, though his first-round 70 included just eight pars. Mickelson, without a major top-10 since his runner-up to Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship, began his day with four bogeys in his first six holes.