He did it again.
Continuing one of the best starts to a career in PGA Tour Champions history, Phil Mickelson closed out his 2021 season in style, coming back from a three-shot deficit in the final round to win by one at the 2021 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory in six career starts.
"It's fun to come out on top," Mickelson said. "To get back and play here in Phoenix is a special feeling. We've spent so many great years here, and it's so fun for us to come back and play in front of everyone and then to come out on top, it was a special week."
Trailing by one after making the turn, Mickelson continued to hang around early on the back, staying within one of the lead through 14. As the early leaders began to fall back, Mickelson grew stronger. A birdie on 15 brought Lefty into a tie of the lead, and another birdie on 16 gave him the outright lead over then-clubhouse leader Darren Clarke. A par on 17 preceded a comfortable birdie on 18, giving Mickelson a two-shot lead that ultimately resulted in the one-shot victory at 19-under-par.
Mickelson is enjoying one of the best starts to a PGA Tour Champions career that we have ever seen. Only two players in history - Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson - have won four of their first six PGA Tour Champions starts. Mickelson is now done for the season and off to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary, but the work toward another competitive season, and perhaps some more major magic, is soon to begin.
"You see how hard Bernhard [Langer] works on the course, but he works just as hard off the course just as hard," Mickelson said. "That's what I have to do this offseason - make sure that I'm maintaining speed, maintaining fitness to where I can practice and work as hard as I need to to play, and hopefully have another moment like I had in this year's majors. That's what really drives me."
As a result of Phil’s win, the KPMG Family for Literacy program and the Inspiring Win program will provide new books and educational resources to the Isaac Elementary School District in Phoenix. Congratulations to Phil on a historic PGA Tour Champions victory!