By Jay Skurski
Whether Phil Mickelson finishes the deal Sunday is irrelevant.
What he’s accomplished through 54 holes at the Open Championship is impressive enough.
In a game increasingly dominated by 20-somethings, Mickelson is showing that on the golf course, age is just another number. He might not hit it as far as he once did, but there’s more to the game than just bombing it down the fairway. Mickelson has learned that in time.
At 46, he’s put himself in prime position to become one of the oldest-ever major winners. His lip-out for 62 on Thursday – which would have set the lowest score for a single round in major-championship history – will live on forever in highlights, a painful reminder of how cruel the game can be. That will be forgotten, however, if he’s able to bring home his second Claret Jug.
In addition to solidifying him as one of the 10 best golfers of all time, a win would also give hope to those north of 40.
Maybe the best part of golf is how a person can play it their entire life. It doesn’t matter if you’re competing for majors or trying to break 100.