The oldest golf major winners in history: 10 players Phil Mickelson is chasing

julius boros and phil mickelson

Julius Boros, left, won a major at 48. Can Phil Mickelson win one at 50?

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History awaits Phil Mickelson in the final round of the 103rd PGA Championship.

Through 54 holes, he is one stroke clear of Brooks Koepka at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. If Mickelson can hang on and win Sunday, he would become not only a six-time major champion (joining Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino) but, at 50 years 11 months and 3 days old, also the oldest-ever winner of a major championship.  

It’s a record Mickelson would break comfortably. No 50-year-old has won a major. No 49-year-old, either. The oldest major champion is Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship at Pecan Valley GC, in San Antonio, Texas.

Count Jordan Spieth among the Phil believers.

“The guy’s got four good rounds in him on any golf course, and no one would bet against that,” Spieth said on Friday. “And what he did in the wind, last two days, with his accuracy struggles, to carve it into these fairways? And to be gaining strokes on the field and to shoot those scores in the conditions we’ve had? That’s pretty awesome.”

For your trivial pleasure, here are the 10 oldest major winners that Mickelson is aiming to eclipse:    

Julius Boros — 1968 PGA Championship, 48 years, 4 months, 18 days

Old Tom Morris — 1867 British Open, 46 years, 3 months, 10 days

Jack Nicklaus — 1986 Masters, 46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Jack Nicklaus' famous 1986 Masters putt.
Jack Nicklaus en route to green jacket number six. getty images

Jerry Barber — 1961 PGA Championship, 45 years, 3 months, 6 days

Hale Irwin — 1990 U.S. Open, 45 years, 15 days

Lee Trevino — 1984 PGA Championship, 44 years, 8 months, 18 days

Roberto De Vicenzo —1967 British Open, 44 years, 3 months, 1 day

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Roberto De Vicenzo at Royal Liverpool in 1967. getty images

Harry Vardon — 1914 British Open, 44 years, 1 month, 10 days

Raymond Floyd — 1986 U.S. Open, 43 years, 9 months, 11 days

Ted Ray — 1920 U.S. Open, 43 years, 4 months, 16 days

Fifty may not be what it used to be — not with supercharged modern equipment and an emphasis on fitness that was not in play a generation ago — but still, give Mickelson his due. Beating players half your age on the longest major venue in history would be nothing short of an achievement, well, for the ages.

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