87th PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson made superlative use of two weeks of preparations for the 87th PGA Championship, making a pilgrimage to Baltusrol Golf Club and later returning to execute his game plan to perfection.
He capped the dramatics by making a flop shot from the rough from some 50 feet from the hole for a two-foot tap-in birdie and a one-stroke victory in just the third Monday weather-related finish in a PGA Championship.
Mickelson led or shared the lead throughout a steamy week in Springfield, N.J. His second major championship came on a day after 12 players were unable to finish a day earlier due to a passing thunderstorm.
Mickelson’s final-round 2-over-par 72 was good for a winning total of 4-under-par 276, a stroke better than Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Australia’s Steve Elkington, the 1995 PGA Champion.
Two-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods finished fourth with Davis Love III at 278.