Phil Mickelson Defies Odds, Wins PGA Championship

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Ok, increase your hand if you experienced Phil Mickelson, at an astronomical +20000 (if not increased at some sportsbooks), to acquire the PGA Championship.

No arms? That’s what we assumed.

And now all we can say is: By no means rely out terrific gamers, no make any difference the odds.

And this was not the very first time a important has been gained by anyone at astronomical figures. Louie Oosthuizen received the 2010 Open Championship, also all around +20000.

Which brings us back to Mickelson. It is not like he was trending in the ideal route right before this earlier weekend and we must have viewed this amazing victory coming. He wasn’t and we did not.

Outdated Canine, New Methods

Mickelson, now 50-in addition, has used some time on the PGA Tour Champions circuit with great results.

But he’s also continued to try to hold up with the youthful crowd on the PGA Tour. He’s experienced blended success…to say the minimum.

He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open up and the Open up Championship in 2013 (his fifth and most current key).

Then he fell off the victory radar for five several years as his following win came at the WGC Championships in Mexico in 2018. He also received in 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Beach front Pro Am.

He went by way of 2020 with a second and a 3rd in nine created cuts.

But in 2021 the bottom experienced been falling out early and often. Emphasis on ‘had been.’

He had just one top rated-10 complete in nine made cuts (to go alongside with 6 missed cuts). He was even questioning his possess push and productivity.

But seemingly a little something clicked not long ago and Mickelson received his sixth major and at the similar time turned the oldest player to get a big.

It just goes to exhibit that on any offered week at any presented event by any offered player, lightning can strike.

Defying The Odds

It took place when Tiger Woods received the Masters two years in the past and it occurred yet again this past 7 days with Mickelson hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy. All it can take is a couple of very good breaks. Or possibly numerous fantastic breaks. Insert in a several designed putts, a hole-out or two and a faltering team of gamers correct powering and you’ve bought the recipe for a victory for the ages…or at the very least the aged.

Not only did Mickelson defy the odds of profitable the match, he defied a several other betting numbers as effectively.

FanDuel, just after Mickelson experienced an up-and-down front 9 through the initially round, experienced him as substantial as +42000. And even nevertheless he had the direct heading into the final spherical, he wasn’t the favored on Sunday. He was, all over again, as higher as +600 just after Koepka took a one-stroke lead right after the initial hole.

And a several of the sportsbooks even had him at a moreover to even make the reduce in advance of the begin of the match.

This 7 days there was plenty of revenue to be manufactured on Mickelson.

All individuals desired to do was pull the result in on all those bets. Really do not feel undesirable, you weren’t by yourself.

But there were being ample winners that the sportsbooks felt the ache with numerous reporting losses closing in on seven figures.

Now we have obtained a few of months ahead of the third big of the season–the U.S. Open up.

It’s the event Mickelson wants to get to entire the grand slam. And 1 other tidbit to contemplate is the tournament is staying held in his yard at Torrey Pines.

Can he make it two majors in a row? It’s a fantastic bet he will get a small a lot more backing (and at reduce odds as he’s at +5000 at DraftKings, BetMGM, and at FanDuel as of Monday) heading into this major.