Ageless surprise Phil Mickelson is taking intention at an elusive US Open title to finish a profession Grand Slam after turning into golf’s oldest main winner by capturing the PGA Championship.
The 50-year-old US left-hander swiped an iconic victory for the ages — and the aged — on Sunday, grinding out a two-stroke triumph at windy Kiawah Island for his sixth main title.
“I’ve believed for some time now without success that I could play at my best and compete in major championships still,” Mickelson stated. “But until this week, I haven’t proven it to myself or anyone else.”
Transforming thoughts and physique with work and self-discipline, Mickelson has new inspiration to problem the US Open, the one main he has by no means gained and an occasion the place he owns a report six runner-up finishes, the newest in 2013.
This yr’s US Open is subsequent month at Torrey (*50*), close to Mickelson’s San Diego residence, and he turns 51 on June 16, the eve of the opening spherical.
“I do believe that if I stay sharp mentally I can play well at Torrey Pines,” Mickelson stated. “I know I’m playing well and this could very well be my last really good opportunity to win a US Open, so I’m going to put everything I have into it.”
Mickelson wants the US Open to hitch Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan as the one golfers to win all 4 main titles of their careers.
“I’ll take two weeks off before that and go out to Torrey and spend time on the greens and really try to be sharp for that week,” Mickelson stated.
“Lefty” had not gained a significant title because the 2013 British Open however has taken the lengthy highway again to surpass the prior age mark of 48 set by American Julius Boros at the 1968 PGA Championship.
“Certainly takes more energy out of me, but if I work a little harder, spend a little more time in the gym, eat well, practice hard, there’s no reason why I can’t put it all out there for 18 holes,” Mickelson stated.
“There’s no reason why you can’t accomplish your goals at an older age. It’s just going to take more effort. If you put in the work, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.”
For Mickelson, that has meant clearing his thoughts via meditation with the intention to keep calm underneath stress.
“Just the ability to kind of quiet my mind and get rid of all the exterior noise,” he stated. “I don’t want to get all spiritual but that has kind of been the biggest thing for me.
“I’ve tried to close my thoughts to loads of stuff going round. I wasn’t watching TV. I wasn’t getting on my telephone. I used to be simply attempting to quiet issues down.”
It also means Mickelson, who fasts 36 hours each week, watches what he eats far more than when he was younger, in part to fight psoriatic arthritis.
“I’ve received to eat lots much less and I’ve received to eat higher. I simply cannot eat as a lot and I’ve to let my physique get better,” Mickelson said.
“It has been a blessing for me as a result of I really feel higher and I haven’t got irritation and I get up feeling good. It has been a sacrifice value making.”
– ‘Was a lot of doubt’ –
Mickelson had 16 events without a top-20 finish over the past nine months, but delivered an all-time classic to defy Father Time.
“It’s very attainable that that is the final match I ever win, if I’m being life like,” Mickelson said.
“But it is also very attainable that I’ll have had a bit of little bit of a breakthrough in a few of my focus and possibly I am going on a bit of little bit of a run.
“The point is that there’s no reason why I or anybody else can’t do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work.”
Mickelson admitted it was powerful going with out seeing stable outcomes till this week.
“It’s very exciting because I’ve had a few breakthroughs on being able to stay more present, more focused, and physically I’m striking it and playing as well as I ever have,” he stated.
“Although I believed it, until I actually did it, there was a lot of doubt.”