Some of the oldest male major winners
Julius Boros, 1968 US PGA – 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
Boros worked as an accountant before turning professional in 1949 aged 29, but won his first title in the 1952 US Open and won the same event in 1963, having finished third in the Masters earlier that season. His US PGA triumph came at Pecan Valley Golf Club in Texas in 1968, a closing 69 giving him a one-shot win over Bob Charles and Arnold Palmer. The US PGA was the only major Palmer never won in his career.
Tom Morris Senior, 1867 Open Championship – 46 years, 3 months, 9 days
A legendary figure in the game of golf, Morris spent 12 years as an apprentice to Allan Robertson – who is generally recognised as the world’s first professional golfer – before moving to the newly formed Prestwick Golf Club, where the first 12 Open Championships were held. Morris finished second in the inaugural Open in 1860 and won the title four times in the next seven years, his last win coming at the age of 46.
Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters – 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
Nicklaus first won the Masters in 1963 and claimed his fifth green jacket in 1976, but had gone five years without a victory in any major before heading to Augusta National in 1986. Trailing Greg Norman by four shots after 54 holes, Nicklaus surged through the field with a brilliant closing 65, covering the back nine in just 30 shots to finish a shot ahead of Norman and Tom Kite and claim his 18th major title.
Jerry Barber, 1961 US PGA – 45 years, 3 months, 6 days
The 1961 US PGA was the fourth edition of the championship as a strokeplay event and the first to require a play-off after Barber and Don January finished tied on three under par. The pair were still level after 17 holes of the Monday play-off and both found fairway bunkers off the tee on the 18th, but Barber hit the green and made par while January bogeyed after hitting his approach into more sand.
Hale Irwin, 1990 US Open – 45 years, 15 days
Irwin had won the US Open twice before, but needed a special exemption for the 1990 edition at Medinah, which became the first to finish in sudden-death after Irwin and Mike Donald both shot 74 in the 18-hole play-off. Donald had a two-shot lead after 15 holes, but Irwin birdied the 16th and Donald bogeyed the 18th. Irwin then birdied the first hole of sudden-death to secure victory.
Another birdie for Reed
He birdies the short par four third where the tees have been nudged up today.. The hole is measuring just 295 yards. Reed moves into red figures for the week.
Rose now under par for the week
Five-under for his round as he walks down the ninth. A fabulous display of scoring and he is now almost inside the top 10.
Another birdie for Hovland
Three in his first six, back to level par. Patrick Reed is on the same score after an eagle on the par five second.
High hopes for Viktor Hovland this week
Perhaps some inexperience cost him in breezy conditions but he is enjoying himself again. Two birdies in his first four holes to get back into the top 25.
Two over low rounds out there
Chan Kim is four-under at the turn and 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink is three-under after eight holes. That will give the chasing pack some encouragement.
Justin Rose and Bobby MacIntyre also going well
Both three-under par for their final round and back to one-over for the tournament.
A reminder of when the final groups get going
18:40 Corey Conners (Can), Sung Jae Im (Kor)
18:50 Paul Casey (Eng), Gary Woodland (USA)
19:00 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Joaquin Niemann (Chi)
19:10 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Branden Grace (Rsa)
19:20 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Kevin Streelman (USA)
19:30 Brooks Koepka (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA)
Ancer on a roll
The wind has changed direction today
A complete 180 on the first three rounds which will require some adjustment from the players. There is a good score out there though: of the also-rans, Abraham Ancer is five-under through 10 holes of his final round.
Mickelson on the verge of history at Kiawah Island
Phil Mickelson has made it three quarters of the way through the PGA Championship looking every bit like a golfer poised to win another major championship.
Sunday’s final round at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., figures to be one of the toughest assignments in the 50-year-old golfer’s career. But Mickelson is embracing the situation.
“I think that because I feel or believe that I’m playing really well and I have an opportunity to contend for a major championship on Sunday and I’m having so much fun that it’s easier to stay in the present and not get ahead of myself,” Mickelson said.
At 7 under, Mickelson holds a one-shot lead on Brooks Koepka, is trying to become the oldest golfer to win a major.
Koepka has all sorts of confidence. He expects to be a contender in majors.
“It just feels good, feels normal,” Koepka said. “It’s what you’re supposed to do, what you practice for. I’m right where I want to be, and we’ll see how tomorrow goes.”
At one point Saturday, Mickelson was five shots in front of Koepka. But Koepka kept his focus.
“I can’t control what he’s doing, I just need to play better,” Koepka said. “Simple.”
Mickelson is at 209 after Saturday’s 70. Koepka also had a 70 on Saturday, putting him at 6 under.
Mickelson (+20000) and Koepka (+4000) were long shots to win at the beginning of the week, according to NBC Sports Edge Betting. By Saturday, some oddsmakers listed Koepka at +150 and Mickelson next at +300.
Mickelson owns five major titles, including the 2005 PGA Championship. His most recent victory in a major came in the 2013 British Open.
Mickelson last won the PGA Tour in 2019. He claimed two triumphs last year on the Champions Tour — the 50-and-older circuit.