This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
In light of Phil Mickelson doing the impossible – not only winning a major at age 50 but simply winning a tournament – two questions come to mind: Where does this place him in the fantasy golf landscape for the rest of this season and beyond? And where does this place him in golf history?
It's all subjective, of course, but there was a pretty fair consensus before Mickelson won the PGA Championship on Sunday that he was among the 15 best PGA Tour golfers of all-time. Some lists might even have had him at the very back of the top 10, but those were few and far between.
Here are some names, not in an exact order, to consider: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Tom Watson, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo.
Mickelson's sixth major moved him into a tie for 12th on the all-time list and his 45th PGA Tour victory moved him into a tie for eighth all-time. Now, if you look at the golfers who are ahead of him on both lists, there are just five: Nicklaus, (18 majors, 73 wins), Woods (15, 82), Hogan (9, 64), Snead (7, 82) and Palmer (7, 62). Hagen is even with Mickelson at 45 PGA Tour wins but has 11 majors.
There are so many variables that make this an inexact science: It's hard to