Phil Mickelson in pursuit of major history at 50
Phil Mickelson may have aged and wears sunglasses on the course, but he can still compete at a high level.
Mickelson is chasing history at the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, SC this weekend. The 50-year-old is the oldest player to hold a 54-hole PGA Championship lead. He is looking to become the longest-standing biggest winner of all time.
Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday and is now 7-under for the tournament. This puts him one step ahead of Brooks Koepka, who will join him in the final couple.
Lefty and Koepka both have interesting looks on the course. Koepka “Means business” with his new goatee.
Mickelson also has a different look. Over the past year, Lefty has started playing with sunglasses. He said the reason for the sunglasses was to help protect her face ever since he started using a cream to fight skin cancer.
“Back during the Covid break, I made this Carac cream, which is like a chemotherapy treatment for skin cancer on your face for about two weeks,” Mickelson said. “Your skin gets stained and you kill these cancer cells that you can’t see, and when I got out I had to wear protection, so I was wearing these glasses to kind of protect the area around my eyes.”
Mickelson liked the sunglasses and stuck with it.
“I liked it,” Mickelson said. “They weren’t moving on my face when I was rocking, I went out and played with them, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll try.’ So that’s where it started. And then my eyes were much more relaxed at the end of the day, they weren’t squinting all the time.
Well, sunglasses are working pretty well so far. He still has a lot of work to do in the final 18 holes to bring the PGA Championship home. He aims to win it for the first time since winning in 2005.