Phil Mickelson fights through the gallery as he walks up the 18th fairway at the 2021 PGA Championship. Photo: Maddie Meyer, PGA of America via Getty Images
It was an indelible scene that further seared the historic significance of nearly 51-year-old Phil Mickelson winning his sixth career major at the PGA Championship. Thousands of delirious fans poured onto the 18th fairway at Kiawah’s Ocean Course and engulfed the players still competing. The PGA of America later felt compelled to apologize to the lapse in security.
In the immediate wake of all that commotion, Mickelson was able to ascribe the perfect words to the scene just moments after sealing his victory.
“Slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome, so thank you,” Mickelson told the crowd still teaming around the 18th green.
The slightly unnerving but exceptionally awesome practice of storming the fairways or pitches or courts at the conclusion of major sporting achievements has long been a tradition. But a more complicated world doesn’t share the same simple tas...
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