.....months short of his 51st birthday on a ludicrously hard golf course Mickelson takes the PGA. Incredibly the old man regularly whipped his drives past 31 year old muscle man Koepka, showing old guys can live athletically with younger opponents.
This was a master class, one of the great golfing wins, one for the ages, leaving the youth brigade in tatters. One stunning statistic is the top 7 players, those with a chance of pulling it off averaged almost 40 years old....39.7 actually. Harry Hicks was the only player in his twenties in the group of seven.
Mickelson accomplished this because he refused to accept he was done. He played 2 or 3 rounds a day to ensure he could sustain his concentration for a full round. Guys like Ernie, equally talented, were mentally retired in their mid 40s.
As Feder, Nadal and now Mickelson have shown....with modern health aids careers can be extended. The Lions team at almost 30 is another example of this undeniable trend.
But today was a great day for all sportsmen....sporting life doesn’t end at 30.