There’s been a lot of frustration for Phil Mickelson after failing to win a PGA Tour since 2013, the longest drought in his career. After the Mexican Championship, however, he can only heave a sigh of relief.
Since capturing the title at Muirfield five years ago, the 47-year-old played in 101 tournaments with little to show for it.
However, his confidence in his abilities has never waned. In fact, he said that if he didn’t win the Mexico Championships, he would be off chasing a title somewhere again.
On his latest victory, Mickelson had to work for it as he went head-to-head with Justin Thomas in the playoffs after a clutch birdie on the 16th.
The playoff, however, was anticlimactic as Thomas missed what could have been a winning putt.
“I didn’t know that he holed out,” Mickelson said. “I just saw that he finished at 16 under when I was playing the 15th, and that meant that I needed to birdie two to get even with him.”
He won despite playing people half his age. In fact, he won his first PGA Tour back when Thomas wasn’t even born.
Mickelson admitted that it has been a rough few years when he wasn’t playing up to par. He’s only happy that he was able to break through the long slum that he was in.
However, he said that he’s starting to play some of his best golf. Winning the Mexico World Golf Championships only validated the hard work it took for him to “get my game back.”
To date, Mickelson has 43 wins on PGA Tour events and he’s targeting the big 5-0 next. The odds are against him, however, since no player has grabbed more than five wins on the PGA Tour after turning 47 years old.
“Oh, I will,” Mickelson said on reaching his goal. “I’ll get there.”