Prior to Sunday’s win, Mickelson had had some lean years on the PGA Tour since winning his last major championship in 2013.
In an effort to get back to winning ways, he changed his diet and started using meditation a lot to focus his mind.
It all paid dividends at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, where Mickelson became the biggest winner of a major tournament, finishing sixth in the competition.
At the age of 50, Mickelson says the victory was particularly “remarkable” because he was able to defy the common belief that older athletes can’t break through to the top.
“It’s so special to do something of this level in this age when not many people think you can,” the six-time winner said afterwards.
“It’s so special to have people in my life from my wife, Amy, who without her love and support, I wouldn’t be here. Or the support of my brother, Tim, Andrew Jetson and Steve Lowe, who believed in me and that I could achieve some of my goals even at a later age when Very few others believed it.
“And so I think the very special thing is doing something and getting something done, putting in a lot of work and effort and then making it happen.”
Experienced, but still suffer
And even with his massive roster of golf experiences, Mickelson was thrown into a whole new experience at the 2021 PGA Championship.
While it is customary to allow fans to walk down the 18th lane behind the final pairing on the last day so that the green is enclosed, Mickelson’s final hole on Sunday was dramatically different and somewhat frightening.
The fans actually managed to get ahead of him and Brooks Koepka, meaning they were engulfed in a crowd of cheering fans as they made their way to the final green, and such was the excitement about the prospect of Mickelson winning.
Mickelson admitted that the experience was daunting and uniquely memorable at the same time.
“It’s very special because the environment the fans bring is so unique,” he explained.
“I had an experience at the age of eighteen that I had never had before in golf, being overwhelmed by the fans at the age of eighteen. Although it was a bit scary for a moment, it was great. And something I will cherish.”
Surrounded by all the excitement and with fans chanting his name throughout Sunday’s tour, Mickelson might have easily lost his focus.
But with some help from meditation techniques — he learned to expand his focus and eliminate outside influences, something he said he worked on after a disappointing tournament a few weeks ago — and the guiding hand of his brother Tim as his can, Mickelson was able to stay in the moment and focus on all the Snapshot appropriately.
“I was still pretty,” said Mickelson – who climbed from No. 116 to No. 32 in the world golf rankings with a win –.
“I was able to sort of calm my mind and not see all the chaos that was going on around me, but I was able to just see what I wanted to do. And I think that was the biggest thing for me all week.”
He may be almost 51 years old, but who is to say that Mickelson wouldn’t do the unthinkable at Tory Pines next month by winning the US Open to finally complete a Grand Slam?